YDF con­ducts win­ter pro­gram

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More than 250 chil­dren be­low the age of 24 are par­tic­i­pat­ing in win­ter pro­gram ini­ti­ated by Youth Development Fund (YDF) for 17 days.

The pro­gram aimed in keep­ing chil­dren en­gaged dur­ing va­ca­tion. The pro­gram is ex­pect­ing to em­power young peo­ple by pro­vid­ing re­sources and plat­form to de­fine their tal­ents.

The pro­gram also ex­pects to bring pos­i­tive and sus­tain­able changes in the fu­ture of ev­ery par­tic­i­pant.

The YDF is en­cour­ag­ing the young peo­ple to real- ize their po­ten­tial to be pro­duc­tive cit­i­zens and com­pas­sion­ate lead­ers through ser­vice-lend­ing and ad­vo­cacy.

Chil­dren were cat­e­go­rized into three dif­fer­ent groups based on their age to be taught dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties ac­cord­ing to their skills.

Read­ing, danc­ing, arts and crafts, Fo­rum The­ater are the reg­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties for the chil­dren be­low age of 12.

Pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor Ten­zin Wagchuk said that the chil­dren were of­fered op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn eth­i­cal lead­er­ship and mind train­ing be­side games and danc­ing.

He also said that life skills for em­ploy­ment and driglam namzha are the ad­di­tional im­por­tant pro­gram for ado­les­cent.

Re­siliency skills and mask dances are also in­cluded in the pro­gram.

Other than reg­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, en­trepreneur­ship skills work­shop will be con­ducted by Lo­den Foun­da­tion.

The re­source per­sons are from Bhutan Street Fash­ion, Druk Drean Team, and Royal Academy of Per­for­mance, (RAPA), Bhutan Olympic Com­mit­tee, de­part­ment of cul­ture, Lo­den Foun­da­tion and teach­ers from dif­fer­ent schools.

Tashi Dema from Druk Dream Team said that she is en­joy­ing teach­ing dances to chil­dren. Adding that, dif­fer­ent body moves of chil­dren adds her in­ter­est in vol­un­teer­ing to teach.

Other than par­tic­i­pants, there are also 20 young vol­un­teers from dif­fer­ent schools who are help­ing in co­or­di­nat­ing the pro­gram.

Chungku, one of the par­tic­i­pants said that she is en­joy­ing the pro­gram mostly when the pro­grams sched­ule is one to an­other. She said, “I am bore in home”.

As an ad­mis­sion fee Nu.250 is col­lected from ev­ery child, which will be use to award cer­tifi­cate to the par­tic­i­pants on the fi­nal day.

Sonam, one of the par­ents said that her daugh­ter is pro­duc­tively spend­ing Nu.250 in 17 days. Adding that, Nu.250 will not last for a minute if she was in town.

She also said that she ap­pre­ci­ates the pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor and or­ga­niz­ers in keep­ing the chil­dren in­volve in learn­ing var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties which are not taught in schools.

I am happy see­ing changes in my child’s be­hav­ior. She added.

The pro­gram is go­ing to wrap­ping up on 13 Jan­uary by award­ing cer­tifi­cates to par­tic­i­pants.

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