Sabin Limbu is the Golden Youth of 2020

Sabin Limbu is the winner of Golden Youth Awards 2020
Runners up from the Golden Youth Awards 2020

A student of Tendruk Central School in Samtse wins the Golden Youth Awards 2020

Sonam Penjor

A student of Tendruk Central School from Samtse, Sabin Limbu, won this year’s title of the Golden Youth Award (GYA) 2020. The GYA title winner would receive a prestigious scholarship to study in United World College (UWC) Thailand.

As usual, due to the pandemic, the 13th GYA Camp could not be organized in the capital during the summer.
However, adapting to the new normal, 13th GYA 2021, was organized virtually by Bhutan Youth Development Fund (YDF) from 27 to 30 July, which is for the first time. The theme for the year was YOUTH & COVID -19 and the final result was declared on 6 August this week.

Tempa Dorji from Samtengang Central School, Wangduephodrang bagged the first runners’ up award while Yutso Tshezin Wangchuk from Druk School in Thimphu and Wangchuk Dorji from Lungtenzampa Middle Secondary School in Thimphu claimed the third and fourth positions respectively.

The 13th GYA which started on July 27 was aimed to motivate and reward outstanding youth portraying excellence in academics, sports, cultural activities, leadership, social contributions and exceptional talents. A total of 97 students across all Dzongkhags competed for the GYA title 2020.

The President of YDF, Her Majesty the Gyalyum Tseyring Pem Wangchuck, graced the closing ceremony of the 13th GYA.

To the participants who attended virtually, Her Majesty the Gyalyum in her address said, “Even as we come virtually to recognize and honour one winner for GYA, I would like all of you to know that you are all winners and this is something that repeat every year because we are all winners.”

Her Majesty the Gyalyum added that the youth have distinguished results by participating in this prestigious program. “Your brilliant faces gives so much joys and every one of you is no less precious than the gold,” Her Majesty said.

A GYA 2020 recipient Sabin Limbu said, “I feel deeply honounerd, privileged and humbled to receive this prestigious award. It’s been a part of my dream to attend the program to learn and acquire new knowledge, skills, values and experiences.”

Further, he added, “I have given all my best efforts in all the events conducted for this program to learn all that I have expected from the program. However, he said that he didn’t expect to win the award thinking the participants are all the creams of all the schools across the Kingdom.

Having been crowned the award he said, “I felt a huge responsibility rested on me for everyone will have high expectations from me. I see that my teachers, parents, friends, community, award conferring organization and the nation would expect me to perform and contribute to the nation building as a future leader greater than ever before.”

The press release from the YDF, it states that the GYA was to provide opportunities for the class ten students of the academic year 2020, the Bhutan YDF developed GYA portal to allow the 100 GYA nominees consisting of five toppers from respective Dzongkhags to participate in the online competition for the GYA title.

Sr. Programme Coordinator, YDF, Roma Pradhan, said that the GYA is a platform created to inspire and motivate the youth to excel holistically, becoming role models for their peers and community. All the competitions including literary and talents was organized online.

“I feel highly obliged to YDF under the president-ship of Her Majesty the Gyalyum Tseyring Pem Wangchuck for the institution of this prestigious GYA for our youths. If the award hasn’t been instituted, our youths including me wouldn’t have this award and immense opportunity to build and nurture our potential,” Limbu added.

According to the press release, the main objective of the GYA was to motivate students to be hard working, responsible, and consistent and excel in both academic and co-curricular activities.

It also aims to provide equal opportunities for students to access prestigious scholarships, to provide platform and opportunity for the nominees from the Dzongkhags to participate in leadership training activities and programmes and to produce SMART (S- Sincere, M-Mindful, A- Astute, R-Resilient, T-Timeless) citizens of Bhutan.

Meanwhile, Sabin Limbu said and paid his deep gratitude and respect to His Majesty the King for keeping our nation very safe all these difficult times on account of Covid-19 pandemic.

It’s all due to His Majesty’s selfless, timeless and relentless leadership and sacrifices, unconditional  love and care that has made our continuity of education and all critical life activities including the organization of this award possible.

The schools selected the GYA nominees based on the criteria shared by the Dzongkhag.
The final list of GYA nominees from the school are submitted to the Dzongkhag GYA Selection Committee.

Bhutanese National from class X, academic year 2020, Dzongkhag Class Ten Toppers of 2020 (Top five Dzongkhag)  toppers to contest for the GYA and outstanding qualities who have made tremendous contribution in various areas in your school, community or society at large are qualified for the GYA for this year. 

The Dzongkhag GYA Selection Committee organizes the final selection of five Dzongkhag nominees based on the criteria shared by the YDF.
The final five GYA nominees of the respective Dzongkhags submitted to the YDF through online system.

Meanwhile, the YDF launched the GYA in 2005 to commemorate the 50th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth King. The first GYA camp was formally organized in 2008.