Clos­ing cer­e­mony of WYEP Camp in Gyalpoizhing

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The 678 girls at­tend­ing the 3rd Win­ter Youth En­gage­ment Pro­gramme (WYEP) at Gyelpozhing Higher Sec­ondary School re­ceived a spe­cially-recorded video-mes­sage from His Majesty The King, dur­ing an emo­tional clos­ing cer­e­mony held on 20th Jan­uary. The clos­ing cer­e­mony was graced by His Royal High­ness Gyalt­shab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, His Majesty’s Rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the East. Speak­ing to the girls, His Royal High­ness shared His Majesty’s far­sighted vi­sions, ex­tra­or­di­nary con­cern and un­con­di­tional love for the youth in gen­eral and the girls in the camp in par­tic­u­lar. His Royal High­ness said, “His Majesty at­taches ut­most im­por­tance to the wel­fare and de­vel­op­ment of the youth. When you are be­stowed with full sup­port and care by His Majesty, it’s very crit­i­cal for you to study well and serve the coun­try with ut­most ded­i­ca­tion and loy­alty.” His Royal High­ness ad­vised the stu­dents to work hard, ex­cel in stud­ies, and be­come role mod­els, in thought, stud­ies, con­duct and ded­i­ca­tion. The stu­dents spoke about their ex­pe­ri­ences in the camp, and de­scribed how the pro­gramme had helped them build their con­fi­dence and self-es­teem. They also pre­sented an ex­hi­bi­tion of liveli­hood skills education prod­ucts and a cul­tural pro­gramme.

The Win­ter Youth En­gage­ment Pro­gramme is a vi­sion­ary Win­ter Camp Pro­gramme, de­signed to en­rich and em­power girls from east­ern Bhutan. The pro­gramme was ini­ti­ated upon the Royal Com­mand of His Majesty The King in 2014, for the many stu­dents who spent their win­ter va­ca­tion work­ing to sup­ple­ment their fam­ily in­come and sup­port their own education the fol­low­ing year. The pro­gramme gives the girls an op­por­tu­nity to spend their hol­i­days learn­ing use­ful skills, sup­ple­ment­ing their school-education, and en­joy­ing their va­ca­tion like other chil­dren else­where.

The three-week-long WYEP started on 30th De­cem­ber 2015. A to­tal of 678 stu­dents aged be­tween 16-20 years and study­ing in classes IV-XII in 69 schools from the six east­ern Dzongkhags at­tended the pro­gramme.

In the WYEP, a whole­some ap­proach was adopted so that the stu­dents would have the op­por­tu­nity to ac­quire knowl­edge and skills to en­able them to grow per­son­ally, gain self­con­fi­dence and ex­po­sure and help them to deal ef­fec­tively with the de­mands and chal­lenges of ev­ery­day life, and live dig­ni­fied lives. There­fore, the pro­gram pri­mar­ily fo­cused on strength­en­ing their English and build­ing in­di­vid­ual so­cial skills through train­ing in var­i­ous ar­eas such as life skills, scout­ing, ca­reer guid­ance, coun­sel­ing, and health checkup. They also got the op­por­tu­nity to learn about in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, home sci­ence, and crafts, and par­tic­i­pated in recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties like art, dance, games and sports. The pro­gram was fur­ther en­riched through guest lec­tures on spirituality, drugs, na­ture and en­vi­ron­ment, ado­les­cent re­pro­duc­tive sex­ual health, hygiene and san­i­ta­tion.

411 girls at­tended the first WYPE, and 821 stu­dents at­tended the se­cond.

His Royal High­ness granted Royal Soelra, in­clud­ing cash soelra to each of the stu­dents to meet their ed­u­ca­tional ex­pense in the com­ing aca­demic year, from His Majesty The King.

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