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Tapping youth potential

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chirwangParty president with youth representatives

Empowering young people is one of the party’s 25 top priorities

Druk Chirwang Tshogpa Taking a step forward to give form to their action plan, Druk Chirwang tshogpa, yesterday, met with representatives of their youth members for “consultative purposes”.

Youth empowerment was one of the party’s 25 top areas of action.  The party claims to have more than 500 youth members around the country.

During the meeting, youth-related issues, such as unemployment, substance abuse, crime, suicide, depression, gang culture, teenage pregnancy, high school dropouts and sexual harassment, were discussed.

They also stressed on weak implementation of policies, challenges with education system and curriculum, which hardly encouraged creativity and analytical thinking, quality and standard of education, nepotism and inadequate career education, among others, as the cause to the problems.

The youth members also pointed out the annual job fair labour ministry conducted as a mere gimmick for business organisations, rather than providing employment opportunities.

The party, meanwhile, claims to have identified “strategic interventions”.

Its president, Lily Wangchuk, said, to address these problems, she plans to cooperate closely with the private sector, by creating enabling environment for private sector development, and with provision of special temporary measures and incentives.

“Most of our youth don’t prefer working with the private, because of lack of incentives,” she said. “We’re going to work very closely with them, so that together we can work towards providing better employment for youth.”

They also plan to widen the diversity of courses offered at vocational training institutes (VTI), and increasing the number of such institutes across the country.

Lily Wangchuk said, besides strengthening career education in schools, it was very important to encourage transparent recruitment system, so that they got equal opportunities.

Among others, the party will work to encourage entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation among youth, to enable them to come forward and contribute towards nation building.

The causes, she said, were related to easy availability of drugs, peer pressure, influence of commercial films, broken homes, domestic violence, lack of entertainment and sport facilities, among others.

“We need to find out what is the root cause of these issues, so we can tackle and uproot it,” she said. “It may take longer, but it will be uprooted for good.”

To enhance youth participation in Bhutanese democracy, the party is also working towards establishing youth divisions in all the dzongkhags, supported by youth coordinators, to provide a broad based representation of youth.

“Change is possible when young people are involved, and political parties need to be responsive to the voices and challenges faced by youth today for a better tomorrow,’ she said.

By Namgay Tshoki

7 Comments to “Tapping youth potential”
  1. wify | February 6th, 2013 at 00:22:13

    Addressing unemployment is on everybody’s lips but not beyond that. So far I have not heard of any pragmatic interventions by any political parties except some vague statements which doesn’t points towards anything. I believe there are both short term and long term solutions. I hope the parties are just keeping it secret to themselves and will come out with it during the election period. Otherwise without those practical details, i don’t see any distinction among the parties based on their vague general outlines of their will be manifestos. So all parties, come out with sensible and realistic goals to solve country’s problem..I have 15 votes in my pocket.

  2. uden | February 5th, 2013 at 14:06:39

    dear XXX
    i know u have had updated the employment history dating back to sometimes 3 or 4 generations from now…….but remember, the shift in taste and preferences in response to development has never given its way out. though importance for primary sector in the economy cannot be left for granted, the taste for tertiary sector employment has gained its importance too. with national income augmenting, i am of the view that the problems of unemployment can be solved BUT not on one FINE SUNDAY MORNING. about revisiting plans and policies……please dont tell it for throwing ur anger off……..who knows they must have made the plans….theres no time for complacency if u r unemployed…….you have it said to the RIGHT person at the right time……i am dead confident you get to join the office the next day.

  3. XXX | February 2nd, 2013 at 13:29:38

    ME TOO NOT SUPPORTER OF ANY OF 4 PARTIES BUT JUST SIMPLE VOTER WHO WAS WONDERING ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT ISSUES

    MY POINT IS WHAT DCT UNDERLINED HAS ALREADY BEEN EXISTED IN OUR POLICIES AND PLANS BUT COULDN’T FIND SOLUTIONS TO MAKE EVERYONE EMPLOYED. IF YOU ALL DON’T BELIEVE REVISIT THE PLANS AND POLICIES BY GOING TO MoHLR. SUCH PLANS AND POLICIES MUST HAVE ALREADY EXISTED BEFORE EVEN THE BIRTH OF DCT PRESIDENT WHICH MEANS QUITE LONG LONG TIME AGO

    NB: I DON’T BELONG TO ANY PARTIES BUT UNEMPLOYED YOUTH WHO GREW OLD WITH EXPERIENCING THE HARD REALITIES OF UNEMPLOYMENT ISSUES IN OUR COUNTRY.

    JUST MY VIEWS! NO ANY HARD FEELINGS FOR DCT OR ANY OTHER PARTY.

  4. target | February 1st, 2013 at 20:12:34

    Now every party will play their politics to gain votes, and we have already learned the good lesson,
    before 2008 also, DPT and PDP has given enough promises, but after they got elected, and when we approached to them or seek help they are dam less because they have fulfilled their needs and wishes.
    i have personally experience by my self, now my vote will be precious and i will go for real candidate not for party. To check candidate’s potentially is more important than the party.
    GOOD LUCK TO ALL PARTY AND CANDIDATES.

  5. Actor | February 1st, 2013 at 19:25:14

    XXX – are you DPT or what? Cant you see that DCT has clearly indicated how they will solve the unemployment 1) pvt sector devt 2) more VTI 3) better working condition in pvt sector 4)career education 5) reforms in edn sector.
    I think these are realistic solutions and we should appreciate DCT is the only party so far that has openly indicated what they will do rather than just mentioning that its a clean party by BKP or new ideas by DNT – which appears only like slogans. I am not DCT supporter by the way but now henceforth will vote for DCT and President who is outstanding

  6. XXX | February 1st, 2013 at 14:00:25

    IT IS ALWAYS EASIER “SAID THAN DONE”. UN EMPLOYMENT IS A DYNAMIC ISSUES WHICH HAS NO IMMEDIATE SOLUTION.
    WE HAD ALREADY SEEN HOW POLICIES AND PLANS WERE FRAMED LONG BEFORE THE ADVENT OF DEMOCRACY IN BHUTAN

    EVEN CURRENT DPT GOVT. DEDICATED THEIR TIME TO TACKLE THIS ISSUES OF UNEMPLOYMENT.
    MORE THAN ANYBODY LABOR MINISTRY HAS BEEN TRYING HARD TO TACKLE THIS ISSUES OF UNEMPLOYMENT LONG LONG TIME AGO BUT COULDN’T FIND ANY REMEDY OR IMMEDIATE SOLUTION TILL NOW.
    WE ALREADY KNOW THAT IF THERE IS NOTHING LEFT IN THE STORE, WHAT WE WILL GIVE?
    BHUTAN IS SMALLEST COUNTRY. NOR WE HAVE ENOUGH LARGE INDUSTRIES OR MANUFACTURING COMPANIES TO PROVIDE JOBS. NOR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES CAN EXPAND WITH THE SMALL COMPACT AND EFFICIENT CIVIL SERVICE
    WHEN THERE IS NO SCOPE TO EXPAND JOB MARKET OR JOB VACANCIES HOW DRUK CHIRWANG TSHOKPA WILL BE IN POSITION TO SOLVE THE UNEMPLOYMENT ISSUES. DO THEY HAVE MIRACLE AND SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY TO SOLVE AND FIND SOLUTION IMMEDIATELY
    COULD THIS IDEAOLOGY BE TO WOE OR LURE OUR ONE FIFTH OF YOUTH POPULATION THAT WE HAVE? BUT EVERY YOUTH HAVE PARENTS TO CONSULT THEIR DECISIONS.

  7. uden | February 1st, 2013 at 12:55:27

    TIME…….i repeat the four lettered word TIME is the most IMPORTANT factor in every happenings……..the party had therefore taken it into utmost consideration………i have my heartfelt appreciations for doing so…….BUT who has not said the things………..we would love to see the things happen mey la…………dont do things for exercising votes, we know that election is not to far from now………

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