Monks trained to be bar­bers

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The depart­ment of hu­man re­sources un­der the Min­istry of Labour and Hu­man Re­sources launched two hair sa­lons in the premis- es of Dechen Pho­drang and Tashich­hod­zong last Thurs­day. Un­der the special skill de­vel­op­ment pro­gram, one of the tar­get groups is monks from the monas­tic schools to avail skills de­vel­op­ment train- ing pro­grams. The skill de­vel­op­ment train­ing is im­ple­mented un­der Special De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram (SSDP) by the Min­istry of Labour and Hu­man Re­sources in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Home Own­er­ship Project En­dow­ment (HOPE) project un­der HM Sec­re­tariat of­fice.

The Min­istry of Labour and Hu­man Re­sources un­der the depart­ment of hu­man re­sources un­der the special skill de­vel­op­ment pro­gram pro­vided train­ing for monks in hair­cut­ting for a week at Dechen­pho­drang with an ob­jec­tive to en­hance their ca­reer and pro­vide ser­vices to work in­de­pen­dently and pro­duc­tively within the monas­tic ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem. Cur­rently Dechen­pho­drang com­prises of about 190 stu­dent monks and many of them came from vil­lages where they have lim­ited ac­cess to all types of mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to SSDP, most of the hair­cuts are done by their friends and they have ex­pe­ri­enced in­juries dur­ing hair­cut. Fur­ther, the hair cut­tings are not done in the clean­est and safest way to avoid skin in­fec­tions. A to­tal of 15 monks in­clud­ing five monks from Tashich­hod­zong suc­cess­fully com­pleted the train­ing of a week and fur­ther the saloon will cater to about 200 monks and 500 in Dechen­pho­drang and Tashich­hod­zong re­spec­tively. Monks in monastery will have their own bar­bers in the monas­ter­ies and a na­tional trainer Ugyen Deepak from the eastern part of Bhutan vol­un­teered to train the monks on proper hair­cut­ting skill. The monks were taught how to cut a hair in clean­est and safest way to avoid in­juries and skin in­fec­tions dur­ing the course of seven days. Hence, the ini­tia­tive will pro­vide proper hair cut­ting skills with ap­pro- pri­ate use of pro­fes­sional cut­ting tools by ad­min­is­trat­ing dis­in­fec­tion and san­i­ta­tion prac­tices. The trainees also re­ceived cer­tifi­cates af­ter the train­ing.

Ugyen Deepak said that the monks are not aware of some im­por­tant equip­ment and need to prac­tice hy­giene hair­cut­ting meth­ods. As well as monks are not aware that shar­ing blades in shav­ing heads could lead to the spread of dis­ease like HIV and oth­ers.

The es­tab­lish­ment of two sa­loons was funded by the fi­nan­cial and tech­ni­cal sup­port from the Depart­ment of Hu­man re­sources un­der the Min­istry of Labour and Hu­man Re­sources at the cost of Nu. 250,000. Now the monks of Dechen Pho­drang and Tashich­hod­zong will have their own salon and they can be able to save their time and money for not hav­ing to visit sa­loons in town.

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