Bhutanese Youth – Their Aspirations, Concerns and Mandate.
Bhutan – in fact humanity – is at yet another crossroads. Today, the juncture is defined by the COVID-19 pandemic, the most devastating crisis the world has seen in recent decades. The pandemic has also stimulated thoughts about the future and there are ongoing efforts to imagine a sense of the world after COVID-19, which means reimagining national visions.
The objective of this issue of The Druk Journal is to take a look at the situation of Bhutanese youth today. What are the hopes and dreams, concerns and doubts, potential and drive of young Bhutanese today? What are the challenges that need to be overcome today for them to grow as empowered citizens of tomorrow?
The articles in this issue explore these questions so that Bhutanese society can get a clearer insight into the aspirations, anxieties – even the mandate – of youth. The journal aims to provide decision-makers, parents, teachers, youth with a sense of the needs and situation of children and youth in Bhutan.
It is important that we understand the values that characterise youth. It is vital that youth understand the world that they will inherit. The Druk Journal offers ideas and space for this discourse. We invited interested writers, particularly young minds, to share their thoughts and ideas as Bhutan plans a vision for the future.
Young Bhutanese need to reflect on questions that are as fundamental, and as important, as what does it mean to be Bhutanese? With this, they need to ask, what are the responsibilities of being the new generation? What can we do today so that our youth will be prepared for tomorrow?