Training: On the Command of His Majesty The King, a Village Skills Development Programme for communities in Lunana began at the Technical Training Institute in Khuruthang, Punakha on December 12.
The initiative is a follow-up of His Majesty The King’s recent visit to Lunana, according to labour officials. It is being organised by the office of the Gyalpoi Zimpon, His Majesty The King’s Secretariat in collaboration with the Department of Human Resources of the labour ministry. The two-month programme will conclude on February 13 next year.
The programme has 19 women and 24 men participating from Lunana in various skills such as traditional painting, tailoring, weaving, carpentry, solar panel maintenance and cooking.
Official sources said the programme is being conducted to make the remotest communities self-reliant in all the necessary skills such as carpentry. It is also an opportunity for the people to earn a livelihood through skills acquisition and enhance their income generation. The programme is also aimed at alleviating poverty through skills acquisition and positive engagement during seasonal migration.
Training on weaving, tailoring, painting, carpentry, solar panel maintenance, and cooking, among others is being offered
Kuenga, who is being trained in weaving, said the programme will benefit her and the future generations of Lunana. “I am grateful to His Majesty The King for initiating such a programme for us,” she said. “I am confident I can make use of the skills, and I also want to take up more such opportunities in the future.”
Dorji, 50, despite aging is confident that he will be able to impart whatever skills and knowledge he acquires from the training to others in the community. Without the required skilled people in the locality, the community has to depend on finding skilled workers from elsewhere.
Participants said His Majesty The King’s recent visit has come as a blessing for the people of Lunana, one of the remotest places in the country.
Dawa Gyelmo | Wangdue