Youth Summit: Youth for Change
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.