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821 girls attend youth enrichment programme

Youth: The second Winter Youth Enrichment Programme for girls is underway in Gyalpoizhing, Mongar. A total of 821 girls from 85 different schools, from classes 6 to 12 are participating in the camp. The girls are from all six eastern dzongkhags.

Minster for Works and Human Settlement Dorji Choden inaugurated the month long camp on December 29.

The Winter Youth Enrichment Programme was initiated on His Majesty the King’s command. The first camp for 411 girls was held at Mongar High School from December 29-January 31 last year.

The camp was initiated to give girls from vulnerable homes an opportunity to use their winter holidays to acquire knowledge and skills, and gain self confidence through a program that includes English lessons, life skills, scouting, career guidance, counseling, and health check-ups, as well as information technology, home science, knitting, candle and soap making, art, dance, games and sports. The programme also includes guest lectures on spirituality, drugs, nature and environment, adolescent reproductive health, hygiene and sanitation.

The participants are between 14-20 years old, and would have worked during their winter vacation at various locations, making them vulnerable. The first WYEP was successful with testimonials from the participants, describing increased self-confidence to overcome difficulties that some of them faced at home and school.

In order to encourage families to allow their daughters to attend the camp instead of working away from homes in possibly difficult conditions, His Majesty granted as soelra, an amount equal to what the girls would have earned from working a month during the winter vacation.

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