Editorial

    Winter Edition , Youth Matters The future of Bhutan lies in the hands of Bhutanese youth. Does it? At a recent Druk Journal Conversation one participant argued that the future is decided by today’s leaders who make the decisions that determine this future. And youth have no say in these decisions. However,...

    Adolescents and Youth in South Asia: A Force to Reckon With

    Winter Edition , “The future of our nation depends on the worth, capabilities and motivation of today’s youth. Therefore, I will not rest until I have given you the inspiration, knowledge and skills so that you will not only fulfill your own aspirations but be of immense worth to the nation. This...

    Bhutan’s National Youth Policy: A Gap Between Commitment and Output?

    Winter Edition , The endorsement of a National Youth Policy by the Lhengye Zhungtshog¹ and its official launch in December 2011 was an important milestone for the youth and people of Bhutan, as it signaled a promised move towards consolidating the quite vibrant but disjointed efforts related to youth in the country. Prior...

    Unintended Forces That Shape Youth Values: A Theoretical Analysis of the Implicit Messages in the Structure and Processes of School Education Shaping Youth Development

    Winter Edition , Introduction Disappointments with youth are aplenty. They range from concerns about their values and attitudes to viewing them as a group to be wary of as drug abusers and gangsters. These are common themes when the topic of youth comes up in formal and informal conversations. Employers find it...

    Reflecting on the Past to Forge the Future: What Can Modern Bhutan Learn From Ling Gesar’s Youthful Bodhisattva Warriors?

    Winter Edition , Who Was Ling Gesar? Ling Gesar was a Bodhisattva warrior King in the Kingdom of Ling in ancient eastern Tibet. Ling is an historical and idyllic place where Ling Gesar was born in 1038, an Earth Tiger Year. He is believed to be the “heart son” of Guru Rinpoche...

    The Promise of Broken Youth: A Positive Perspective

    Winter Edition , It was a grey evening in the summer of 2014. I was invited to an ad hoc meeting in the attic of a hotel in Thimphu. In the wake of the furor over the government’s initiative to start what it called “meat processing units”, and what its critics saw...

    Dreams, Opportunities, and Realities

    Winter Edition , What is it that the young people in Bhutan aspire to? How do they perceive the world they live in? What is their pulse and plight? What are their dreams? Gopilal Acharya A Song With a Message A Saturday in October, 2015. I am driving my family to Phuenstholing...

    Let’s Focus on the Gaps: Educational Disparities and Youth Potential in Bhutan

    Winter Edition , “…is the education our youth are receiving attuned to needs of the nation? And once educated, will our children find employment and realise their full potential?” – His Majesty the King of Bhutan (National Day, 2011) The Facts It is a well-established fact that education is one of the...

    “I Didn’t Know What I Was Capable Of ”: The Voice Of a Bhutanese Youth

    Winter Edition , Introduction …government can’t solve all the problems, you know… Because if you look at Bhutan today… we have a lot of skilful, talented youths. I think it is very important that youth come together, they discuss, debate and if they can come up with a good solution… I think it is a...

    Raising Them Right: Role of Adults in Shaping Youth

    Winter Edition , With more than half the Bhutanese population under the age of 25, youth play an important role in building Bhutan’s future. In almost every Royal address, His Majesty the King highlights the importance of youth in developing the country and carrying the torch forward. However, it is also very...

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