Golden Youth Award camp starts from today
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.