Sak­teng girls in Thim­phu

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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.

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