Monks trained to be barbers
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.