YDF conducts winter program
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.