About 115 children from Trong community in Zhemgang participated in the 3rd Winter Youth Programme in Zhemgang Central School. Children from grade IV to XII participated in programmes such as Art, Writing, Photography, Script writing and Film-making, and Fashion Designing using household waste. Besides, the children were also sensitized on disasters risks and how to be safe in school and at home from man-made as well as natural disasters, and on youth-related issues, counseling and peer helping.
The 5-day programmes was resourced by artists from VAST Bhutan, local youth-based NGO called Nahzoen Lamten, upcoming national fashion designers, and officials from Save the Children.
The collaborative initiative of Save the Children – Bhutan Country Office, Zhemgang Dzongkhag Administration and Zhemgand Dzongkhag Education Office, was launched in 2014 to provide opportunity for the children and youth of Zhemgang to explore and identify their potential while productively engaging them during their winter vacation. In the past similar programmes had been held in Tingtibi and Panbang communities of Zhemgang.
The theme for this year is ‘every last child’ - with the objective of reaching even the most deprived children of the community,
The programme, which had been gaining immense popularity among the children in Zhemgang, is expected to continue as an annual event but with better packaged activities for enhanced impact and scope for the children.