Creating a harmonious Bhutanese society through youth participation in environmental preservation

Creating a harmonious Bhutanese society through youth participation in environmental preservation and protection initiatives

The Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation and Scout & Culture Division, Department of Youth and Sports, today, signed a grant agreement for the project “Capacity building of Focal Leaders for Scout Environment Program.”

Through this small grant the division aims to inculcate scout leaders on environment and its issues, and develop a mechanism where Bhutanese youth take keen interest in environmental conservation through scouting.

This project would enhance the capacity of Scout Leaders in the community on environment and further contribute in environmental conservation and protection initiatives through scouting.

The Division intend to train Focal Leaders for Scout Environment Program from 20 Dzongkhags and 4 Thromdes and as a follow up initiatives, the focal leaders shall orient other scout leaders in schools and communities on the New Framework for World Scout Environment Program (WSEP).

The training will not only ensure quality planning but also help in effective implementation of environmental related projects in the local communities by our leaders and scouts. It will also help them actively participate in various national and international environmental projects and competitions.

Various awareness programs, community development projects, land/forest adoption, nursery development will remain focus areas of Scout Environment Program in Bhutan which will be initiated annually in all Dzongkhags and Thromdes.

Scouting is a worldwide youth movement providing value based educational programs. Bhutan became the member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) in 1999 and introduced scouting in the schools.

Currently, there are more than 40, 000 Scouts in Schools, Colleges, Institutes and Communities across Bhutan. Base on Scouting Principles and Laws, the World Scout Environment Program was introduced focusing on the Environment.

In Bhutan, Environmental Conservation and Preservation is integrated as one of the core component of scouting programs and are well implemented in all Dzongkhags and Thromdes.  Annually, scouts are actively engaged in various environmental programs and events at the national, district and community level that contributes towards achieving national goal of creating Harmonious Bhutanese Society.

However, due to lack of potential human resources, the quality of environmental activities and projects initiated by our scouts in the communities are not up to the standard as prescribed in the World Scout Environment Program. There is no formal training provided to scout leaders to be able to coordinate and initiate environmental activities. In recent years, we have observed that only few scouts and leaders are involved in the environment program indicating low interest among youth and adults towards environmental conservation plan.

Therefore through training of Scout Focal leaders for Environment, the commitment among leaders and youth towards Environmental Conservation and Protection will enhanced and help in upholding one of the pillars of Gross National Happiness.

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