Golden Youth Award Founding philosophy: This award is founded to honor the love that our monarchs have for our youth. This award is also to remind our youth of the important role that they play in the development of our country.
Background: The YDF initiated the Golden Youth Award in 2005 to commemorate the 50th Birth anniversary of His Majesty the 4thDrukGyalpoJigmeSingyeWangchuck, with the aim to motivate and reward outstanding youth portraying excellence in academics, sports, cultural activities, leadership, social contributions and exceptional talents.
Every year one student from class 10 is awarded the title of “Golden Youth of the year” after a series of local and national competition. The final selection is done in the capital where 80 students from the 20 Dzongkhags come together to participate and compete in the “Golden Youth Camp”.
This year is the 8th year that YDF is organizing the Golden Youth Award. YDF has provided 7 scholarships to the winners till now. Every year the camp is organized during the summer vacation in the capital for a week.
The camp is designed to accommodate not only the academic excellence of participants, but also other areas of importance in the well-rounded development of youth. Motivational speakers are invited to give talks on educational issues, other topics of interest and importance like talks on wisdom & compassion, Health, and youth issues. Concerted efforts are made to encourage participants to interact and learn from each other. As such, students are encouraged to socialize through activities like jam session, movie nights and camp fire.
Rationale: The Golden Youth Award is the only award for young outstanding youth in the Country.
Bhutan is a small country with 59% of its population aged between 10 to 24 years.
However, youth are a positive force in society with tremendous potential to participate effectively in the country’s advancement and as such development of this large population group is of utmost importance. The Golden Youth Camp is a forum for excellence and an opportunity for young outstanding future leaders to meet, interact and learn from each other.
Nominees from the Dzongkhags have the opportunity to participate in leadership training activities and programs
Set a platform / forum to exchange ideas and perspectives on issues affecting their lives for both rural and urban youth
Motivate youth to be hard working, responsible, and consistent and excel in both academic and co-curricular activities
To provide an opportunity to avail scholarships outside the country for classes XI and XII
Project details: The Golden Youth Award Camp 2015 will be attended by 80 youth (40 male & 40 female) and 7 escort teachers. The participants will be the representatives from 20 Dzongkhags who will be competing for the Golden Youth Award title. The Bhutan Youth Development Fund will be providing scholarship to the Golden Youth title holder (1st position holder).
Organizing Committee members:
AumDorji Ohm, Deputy Executive Director, YDF
Ms. RinzinWangmo, CPO, DYS
Mr. AniruddhaKulkarni, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF
Areas of focus for GYA 2015 Participants of the camp will compete in the following categories;
General Knowledge & IQ
Games & Sports
Conclusion: The Golden Youth Camp 2014 was a very successful program organized by the YDF. The camp met its objectives of recognizing and reinforcing young people with outstanding qualities. The camp also received many positive feedbacks including the need to continue such programs in the future. The winner of the GYA 2014, Ms. DechenZangmo from ChukhaDzongkhagwill be going to UWC Maastricht - Netherlands to pursue her pre- university this year through YDF-UWC Scholarship.
Final program for Golden Youth Award Camp 2015
4th July 2015
Arrival of the participants
5th July 2015
6th July 2015
7th July 2015
8th July 2015
9th July 2015
10th July 2015
11th July 2015
OVER VIEW OF GOLDEN YOUTH AWARD CAMP
4th July – 11th July 2015
Arrival of Participants (4.00pm)
5pm – 5.30pm Tea
5.30pm – 7pm
7pm – 8 pm
8.pm – 9pm Leisure
10am -1pm opening, Introduction, orientation & setting community standards (other than those in the booklet)