To reward and motivate exceptional youth, 80 tenth-graders are partaking in the 11th Golden Youth Award (GYA) camp, which began in Thimphu yesterday.

Executive director of Bhutan Youth Development Fund (YDF), Dorji Ohm said that each time the YDF has had different groups of young people building their excellence. “Golden Youth is not a competition but it is an experience towards building excellence.”

Two boys and girls each from every dzongkhag are participating in the GYA camp

Two boys and girls each from every dzongkhag are participating in the GYA camp

Unlike past years, students attended GNH values workshop for three days that ended on July 8.

Programme officer for Youth Participation and Child protection, Tenzin Wangchuk said it was to make students aware of the values so that they could have knowledge about GNH values. “Instead of the social service activities such as whitewashing, cleaning surroundings and plantations, students will be participating in edutainment.”

Recognising the potential and impact of entertainment to advocate, students will help in creating awareness through entertainment activities in about three open places, he said.

They will participate in programmes on talent, innovation lab, edutainment and sports.

During the camp, students are also expected to exchange ideas and perspectives on issues affecting their lives in their community.

It was learnt that this time, there would be an innovation laboratory where students will be taught to write better idea proposals and refine them. By the end of the programme, a micro site would be dedicated for youth to share their ideas and thoughts.

The GYA programme began in 2008. It is a platform to inspire youth to excel holistically. It also aims at motivating youth who portray excellence beyond academic.

The winner earns the title of the Golden youth and receives a scholarship to study in a prestigious college abroad. To date, about seven golden youth award winners have received the scholarship abroad for higher studies.

Tenzin Wangchuk said that this year, in addition to the winners, an award for special recognition would also be provided. “Participants would choose the person through Electronic Voting Machine. It will also help students experience and learn about the voting procedure.”

The camp’s theme ‘celebrating unity for excellence’, is a pledge by the youth to be advocators and agents of peace, harmony, and tranquility.

Tenzin Wangchuk said that after the announcement of the GYA camp, schools nominate eligible students and send the details to the dzongkhag sub-committee. “Only after that we receive the finalised list.”

The winners of the GYA camp will be announced in the closing event on July 15.

YDF is organising the programme. About 30 volunteers from Young-Volunteers In Action are also helping organise the weeklong camp.

Rinchen Zangmo 


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