Staff reporter

The Youth Centre Division under the Department of Youth and Sports conducted the sixth national Y-PEER meeting, where 141 youth shared updates about services they conducted, discussed challenges, and explored opportunities.

In the three-day meeting held in Thimphu from January 6 to 8, the participants also had a consultative session on the revised National Youth Policy and the National Youth Action Plan.

The participants also listened to guest lectures on emerging youth concerns like human trafficking, juvenile crimes, and sexual reproductive health.

A press release from the Youth Centre Division stated Y-PEER is a global movement that primarily focuses on educating and advocating youth on sexual reproductive health through a peer-to-peer approach. “Its main objective is to engage vulnerable young people meaningfully through peer-education and help them gain easy access to relevant information and services that can enhance their capacity to live a healthy and productive life.”

It stated there are 19 Y-PEER networks in the country under a platform called Y-PEER Bhutan, which was set up in 2012. “Y-PEER Bhutan is one of the biggest youth-led groups today, with more than 3,000 active members.”

Participants also had fun activities in the evenings like literary competitions, cultural performances, and games.