Youth Sum­mit: Youth for Change

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Youths can lead, care and en­act pos­i­tive change in the com­mu­nity if given a plat­form. The Youth Sum­mit 2016 pro­vided plat­form for about 90 youths from across the coun­try to ex­plore dif­fer­ent is­sues in the com­mu­nity and to re­flect on their role in an evolv­ing democ­racy.

Dur­ing the sum­mit, the youths iden­ti­fied is­sues in the com­mu­nity and came up with the so­lu­tions but this time, Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment, Heads of CSOs and mem­bers from Ed­u­ca­tion met with the youths to fur­ther brain­storm on so­lu­tions, ad­dress con­straints, and de­velop ac­tion plan to take the so­lu­tions for­ward. The aim be­hind this ses­sion was to pro­vide plat­forms for bet­ter un­der­stand­ing among youth and lead­ers.

Some of the is­sues iden­ti­fied were on waste man­age­ment, youth and al­co­hol, de­for­esta­tion, sub­stance abuse among youth, and help­ing the un­der­priv­i­leged com­mu­nity mem­bers by dis­tribut­ing do­nated cloth­ing and other ne­ces­si­ties.

The youth also learned about the 5 habits of the heart adapted from Parker J. Palmer ‘s ‘Heal­ing the heart of democ­racy’. The youths re­flected these habits and learned dif­fer­ent ways to re­spond­ing to life for a healthy democ­racy.

The youths also went on a field trip to the Druk­gyel Dzong where they re­flected on the fifth and fi­nal habit of the heart.

There were also con­ver­sa­tions on ethics of so­cial me­dia and its im­pact. The 4 day sum­mit wasn’t all about work but also about fun, in­ter­ac­tive ses­sions in the evening where they show­cased their tal­ents, net­worked and par­tic­i­pated in var­i­ous games.

At the end of the 4th day, the youths eval­u­ated the sum­mit cre­atively through plays, songs and games.

The 4 day sum­mit was hosted in Dru­gyel Cen­tral School, Paro from 4-7th July.

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