Golden Youth Award camp starts from to­day

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The Bhutan Youth De­vel­op­ment Fund (YDF) will be or­ga­niz­ing the eighth Golden Youth Award Camp from 5th July to 10th July. This event was ini­ti­ated in 2005 to com­mem­o­rate the 50th birth an­niver­sary of His Majesty the 4th Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck.

The award will be given to the youth for out­stand­ing achieve­ment not only in aca­demics but also in cat­e­gories such as sports, art, lead­er­ship, cul­ture and so­cial en­gage­ment. The Golden Youth Award win­ner re­ceives the most pres­ti­gious schol­ar­ships un­der the YDF.

The Golden Youth Award is the only award given to youth in the coun­try that recog­nises ex­cel­lence. This year, the Golden Youth Award is ex­actly 10 years and will be marked as a spe­cial ded­i­ca­tion to His Majesty the fourth king’s 60th an­niver­sary.

Inspired by the vi­sion and fore­sight of His Majesty the 4th Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Golden Youth Award camp seeks to mo­ti­vate young peo­ple to do bet­ter in life. With a pri­mary aim to drive and re­ward out­stand­ing stu­dents, the win­ner of the award will be given an op­por­tu­nity to study in the best schools all over the world through a YDF schol­ar­ship.

The award is the only one in the coun­try that recog­nises and re­wards all-round ex­cel­lence in youth. This year, the Golden Youth Award is ex­actly 10 years old and will be es­pe­cially ded­i­cated to His Majesty the Fourth King’s 60th birth an­niver­sary.

The pro­gram is sup­ported by Dr Atti-La Dahlgren, vice-pres­i­dent, RE­DEEM Switzer­land, UNICEF, DHI, DGPC, BDBL, BPC and BOB.

Ev­ery year, 80 class ten stu­dents gather in the cap­i­tal in the month of July to com­pete for the Golden Youth ti­tle of the year.

Af­ter an ini­tial se­lec- tion in the dzongkhags, 4 par­tic­i­pants from each dzongkhag at­tend the camp in Thim­phu to com­pete for the ti­tle. The com­pe­ti­tion is de­signed to ac­com­mo­date not just the aca­demic ex­cel­lence of par­tic­i­pants, but also other ar­eas of im­por­tance in the well­rounded de­vel­op­ment of youth. Mo­ti­va­tional speak­ers are in­vited to give talks on top­ics of in­ter­est and im­por­tance like wis­dom and com­pas­sion, and youth is­sues. Con­certed ef­forts are made to en­cour­age par­tic­i­pants to in­ter­act and learn from each other. As such, stu­dents are en­cour­aged to so­cialise through ac­tiv­i­ties like jam ses­sions, movie nights and camp­fire.

Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Tsh­er­ing Pem Wangchuck will grace the clos­ing cer­e­mony on 10th July as chief guest and Her Royal High­ness Ashi Chimi Yang­zom Wangchuck will visit the Golden Youth par­tic­i­pants dur­ing the so­cial work on the 8th July at Kuenselpho­drang.

Last year Dechen Zangmo, a class 10 stu­dent of Phuentshol­ing Higher Sec­ondary School, won the 2014 Golden Youth Award. She re­ceived the Golden Youth Award from the Pres­i­dent of the Youth De­vel­op­ment Fund, Her Majesty the Queen Mother Tsh­er­ing Pem Wangchuck.

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