Sakteng girls in Thimphu
Sakteng girls’ football team, Kuengal, arrived in Thimphu on 12 December for a weeklong program.
The team comprises 16 players. Their coaching program began on 13 December at the Changjiji ground.
Sonam Dema, who had come to Thimphu for the first time, said that Thimphu was a totally different place for her, having come from a remote place. Sakteng is a semi-nomadic village in Trashigang.
Thukten Tshomo, who was also visiting Thimphu for the first time, said coming to Thimphu meant exposure, where she could learn and see many different things. She had no idea of urban places, she added.
Sakteng girls met and interacted with woman sports icons.
Girls also met with RENEW where they learnt about women and youth issues.
RENEW talked to the girls about their role for girls. It also briefed the girls on domestic violence, leadership and gender and sex.
Kinley, a nurse, talked about sexuality education. She said that there was more risk of getting cervical cancer if adolescent became sexually active earlier in life.
The most exciting moment for the girls was the friendly football match with Pelkhil School.
In the first half, Pelkhil School scored a goal while Sakteng girls just managed to play and maintain their ball position with uncomfortable boots on their feet.
Sakteng girls were wearing football boots for the first time.
After half time, Sakteng girls removed their boots. Barefoot, they scored two goals against Pelkhil. In just 11 minutes, Sangay Dema scored a goal while in another 11 minutes, Thinley Tshomo scored the second goal from a free kick.
Sakteng girls won the match 2- 1 goal.
On 16 December, the girls met with UNICEF in the UN House in Thimphu. They were briefed on various topics like teenage pregnancy, education, sanitation and safe drinking water by the department heads.
UNICEF representative, Rudolf Schwenk, said that seeing Sakteng girls participating in and winning a football match can inspire other girls in Bhutan.
He also said that one of the basic needs for children is sports.
Yesterday the team attended the communication workshop conducted by Raydoen.
The main event of the program will be a friendly match between Sakteng LSS girls and Thimphu City Ladies today at Changlingmithang stadium.
The girls will return to Sakteng on Monday.
This program is a joint partnership event of Thimphu City FC and UNICEF Bhutan to empower girls through sports to become agent for change. It also marks the celebration of 70th anniversary of UNICEF.
UNICEF turned 70 years on 11 December.
UNICEF supports in bringing significant changes to the lives of children and women in Bhutan.