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