Beating 79 others, a student of Dr Tobgyal School, Wangdrak Dorji won the golden youth of the year award yesterday in Thimphu.

Wangdrak Dorji, said, the award is popular in his school but winning it was unexpected. “I think it is a programme that brings out the best in a child and takes it to another level,” he said.

Wangdrak Dorji

Wangdrak Dorji

Abishek Ghalley from Drugyel Higher Secondary School, Paro bagged the first runners up award while Tsheltrim Wangchuk from Chundu Armed Force Public School, Haa and Yenten Jamtsho from Gelephu Higher secondary school won the third and fourth positions.

Wangdrak Dorji will receive a scholarship to study abroad. Unlike in the past, the winner and the first runners up will also attend an international youth forum in Hong Kong this year. The World Wildlife Fund is funding the visit. The Bhutan Youth Development Fund has awarded six scholarships to the winners so far.

The golden youth award camp is organised during summer vacation in the capital for a week. On July 5, 80 students; 40 girls and 40 boys from the 20 dzongkhangs gathered to compete and participate in the camp.

Every year, nominated students from various dzongkhags compete in the national level before receiving the golden youth award. The students go through a series of activities such as essay writing, delivering extempore speech, showcasing talent and sports.  The students also discuss issues and exchange ideas in solving common problems that affect both rural and urban people in Bhutan.

Bajo Higher Secondary School in Wangdue received the best community proposal project this year. The project aims to control stray dog population through vaccinations and also make a proper feeding system available to the dogs. It won a cash prize of Nu 10,000.

Pemagatshel dzongkhag won the dzongkhag innovative farmer’s project award. The project will make water available to farmers on higher lands through recycling.

The 10th golden youth award camp which started on July 6 was aimed to motivate and reward outstanding youth portraying excellence in academics, sports, cultural activities, leadership, social contributions and exceptional talents.

Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Tshering Pem Wangchuck said that the camp is to motivate students to explore their relentless potential. “It is a platform that houses skill, perseverance, endurance, respect and dignity.”

Phurpa Lhamo


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