SONAM PENJOR | Thimphu
The Golden Youth Award (GYA) winner for 2021 is Sangay Yeshi of Gongzim Ugyen Dorji Central School in Haa, while the GYA winner of 2022 is Ngawang Palden Jamtsho of Motithang Higher Secondary School in Thimphu.
To encourage students to work hard, be accountable, and be consistent while excelling in both academic and extracurricular activities and to give all students an equal opportunity to access prestigious scholarships, the Bhutan Youth Development Fund (YDF) organized a three-day 14th and 15th GYA camp, which ended on August 24.
The camp’s focus was on the theme “Assess, Assert, and Advance.” The GYA camp couldn’t be conducted as a yearly event last year due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
According to Ngawang Palden Jamtsho, the competition was fierce, and all the participants had similar talents. “It initially made me anxious, but that anxiety was a huge asset in keeping me moving forward on the path.”
Ngawang stated, “I had a great exposure to intriguing machines and technological equipment in the newly structured Bhutan Super Fablab in Babesa. I owe my gratitude for the many events and programs that were being organized.”
Sangay Yeshi agreed to say that the lesson he took away from the camp was how huge and unusual it was to visit the Bhutan Super Fab Lab in Babesa.
“We went on a lab tour and we learned about a lot of incredible machines that I had no idea existed. I was aware of how they worked and had some idea of how to use them,” he said.
Sangay said he learned about intricate design and how to do research for efficient design. He added that he got several ideas and suggestions to create a prototype.
“I can state with certainty that this program will give you bravery, motivation, and confidence. I want to implore the upcoming youth to follow their passions while never ignoring STEM courses to realize His Majesty the King’s ambitions,” he said.
“During the innovation challenge, I was able to compromise, accept, and work with others to find a creative solution to achieve a shared objective. It served as a platform for us to find our inner talents and qualities outside of academic brilliance,” Ngawang said.
Ngawang added that it reignited their interest in coding, blockchain, and machine intelligence. “The camp opened my eyes to a wider variety of learning outside of academics. This journey has enabled me to discover my purpose—the goal of making a difference, being able to fulfill His Majesty’s dreams, and being the best in whatever we do.The quest to learn more does not end here.”
According to a press release from the YDF, 40 students comprising 20 students each from the 14th and 15th GYA, were chosen for the final competition that was held in the capital.
There were a total of 160 students who participated in the preliminary assessment from July 25 through July 28. The initial phase of evaluation encompasses written comprehension in English and Dzongkha, as well as skills.
A student from class X is chosen each year to receive the title “Golden Youth of the Year” following a series of regional and international competitions. According to the press release, the final selection brings together the chosen youngsters from across the nation to compete for the GYA title.
The YDF will award the winner of the GYA championship with a coveted scholarship to continue their education abroad.
The GYA was launched in 2005 to commemorate the 50th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.
GYA is a platform created to inspire and motivate youth to excel holistically and become role models for their peers and community. The first GYA camp was formally organized in 2008.
YDF is one of Bhutan’s oldest civil society organizations providing support to youth. As Bhutan’s leading youth organization, YDF ensures that all youth have equal access to education, meaningful employment, and opportunities to develop their potential.
The BYDF utilizes a cross-sectoral, integrated development approach to project implementation, working with development partners, civil society partners, government stakeholders, community stakeholders, and the private sector to create, develop and sustain programs for beneficiaries and society at large.
The Vice President of YDF, Her Royal Highness Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck graced the closing ceremony of the GYA camp.