GYA 2021 winners receive their coveted trophies

The Executive Director of YDF Dorji Ohm hands over the trophy to Tempa Dorji

Sonam Penjor and Sherab Dorji

To recognize their excellence in academics, sports and co-curricular activities, Bhutan Youth Development Fund (YDF) organized a prize awarding ceremony for the 13 Golden Youth Award (GYA) 2020 runners up on 27 August.

Tempa Dorji, the first runners-up of the GYA 2020 from Samtengang Central School (SCS) in Wangduephodrang finally got to hold his much-deserved trophy.

In order to motivate and reward outstanding youth portraying excellence in academics, sports, cultural activities, leadership, social contributions and exceptional talents, YDF organized the GYA recently which is virtually for the first time because of the pandemic.

During the ceremony, the second and third runners-up could not make it to the ceremony but the respective representatives collected the certificates and trophies on their behalf. As for the GYA winner, the school management of Tendruk Central School plans to hold a separate celebration soon in their dzongkhag.

During the ceremony, Tempa Dorji extended his gratitude to the President of YDF, Her Majesty the Gyalyum Tseyring Pem Wangchuck for the opportunity as through this award he said that he has learned so many new things and was exposed to many things that he will work hard with dedication.

The Executive Director of YDF, Dorji Ohm said, “We learned that for the virtual programme, the internet connectivity is very important and essential things.”

She also added that the GYA play a very special role because even before starting the GYA, Her Majesty the Gyalyum herself gave an audience to all Dzongda of twenty Dzongkhags and shared about the procedure of GYA to commemorate the celebration of 50th birth anniversary of Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

“GYA is not just important for students but it’s also for the teacher, parents and the whole Dzongkhags, they take so much of pride,” the Executive Director said.

The Principal of Druk School in Thimphu, Tshewang Choden Wangdi said GYA is also very important not only for the students but also for the parents and to whole Dzongkhags where it takes so much pride where perhaps it is a programme where everyone comes together to support our children. Further, she said that it is also a part of building the leadership quality of the students. 

“The award also gives huge credit to a youth to discover their hidden talents. GYA is the only award that motivates the student where even our education system can’t motivate like the event of GYA,” Tshewang Choden Wangdi said 

She added that the biggest problem the youths are facing currently is because home is failing us desperately, home is not working with the children as it is very important for the parents to support them where partnership is very important as teacher alone can’t fulfill.

The GYA brings all of them together including students, teachers, schools and Dzongkhags for the awards where they all work as a team, added Tshewang Choden Wangdi. 

Vice Principal of SCS, Sangay Tshering said, “The address of the Her Majesty the Gyalyum gave us morality to work even harder where we are as much as happy as Tempa.” Further, he thanked the YDF and the Ministry of Education for granting such an opportunity to their students.

Sangay Tshering further said the award has inspired the teachers and the students where everyone has started working hard by looking at Tempa’s achievement as it will need an overall development where it is a great inspiration for the students.

On receiving the two runners up for the GYA 2020, Thimphu Thromde Deputy Chief Education Officer, Namgyel Dorji, said they were inspired to work even harder as receiving two awards amongst the twenty Dzongkhag is a pride for them.

The GYA 2020 was organized from 27 to 30 July, 2021 and the final result was declared on 6 August, 2021.

A total of 97 students across all Dzongkhags competed for the GYA title 2020 and the GYA title winner will receive a prestigious scholarship to study in United World College (UWC) Thailand.