Class XI student of Haa, class X student of Thimphu awarded 14th, 15th Golden Youth Award

“This is the blueprint with which the youth who are the strength of the country must play their important role as the agents of change.”     
– Her Majesty the Gyalyum Tseyring Pem Wangchuck, the president of Bhutan Youth Foundation Development (YDF)
Sangay Yeshi, a class XI science student of Gongzim Ugyen Dorji Community School won the title of 14th Golden Youth Award (GYA) cohort 2021.
“It’s like a dream come true, for someone who has can only imagine, winning GYA is a great dream come true,” said Sangay Yeshi.
Ngawang Pelden Jamtsho, a class X student of Motithang Higher Secondary School in Thimphu won the title of 15th GYA cohort 2022.
“I’m filled with strong emotions to be the 15th GYA winner. So far, I have always followed His Majesty’s words of wisdom and acted accordingly. I would like to thank all the teachers and my family for shaping my behavior and paving the path,” said Ngawang Pelden Jamtsho.
The students received the award from Her Royal Highness Princess Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck. 
Her Majesty the Gyalyum Tshering Pem Wangchuck sent her appreciation through a pre-recorded video clip for the GYA winners and nominees as Her Majesty couldn’t make it to the event in person.
Gyalyum reminded the youth of His Majesty The King’s words of wisdom for the future of the nation through the theme of the GYA camp.
The GYA was based on the theme tripple A;Assess, Asert and Advance. 
Assess with accuracy, assert with determination and advance with courage.
The GYA winners earns the prestigious scholarship opportunity to study in United World Colleges (UWC) abroad. So far ten GYA winners have availed scholarship to UWC across Netherlands, Singapore, Canada and Thailand.
Every year one student from class X is awarded the title “Golden Youth of the year” after a series of local and national level competitions. For the final selection, the selected students across the country come together to participate and compete for the Golden Youth Award title. 
The four day GYA camp in Thimphu is oganized by the Bhutan Youth Development Fund (YDF), ending with the final event of awarding the title.
According to YDF’s press release GYA camp could not be organized as a yearly event due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Therefore, this year YDF organized two cohorts of GYA: 2021 and 2022 for classes XI and X students respectively. 
Normally, two students from each Dzongkhag participates in the GYA camp in the capital city. However, only one student from the Dzongkhag could make it to the final competition from each cohort.
The YDF launched the GYA in 2005 to commemorate the 50th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck. 
GYA is a platform created to inspire and motivate the youth to excel holistically, becoming role models for their peers and community. The first GYA camp was formally organized in 2008.
GYA motivate students to be hard working, responsible, and consistent and excel in both academic and co-curricular activities.
It also provide equal opportunities for students to access prestigious scholarships.
The Golden Youth Award title winner is provided a scholarship by the Bhutan Youth Development Fund.
GYA also provide platform and opportunity for the nominees from the Dzongkhags to participate in leadership training activities and programmes.
GYA produce SMART (S-Sincere, M-Mindful, 
A- Astute, R-Resilient, 
T-Timeless) citizens of Bhutan.
A total of 160 students, 80 students each from 2021 and 2022 cohorts participated for the preliminary assessment (virtual) from July 25-28.
40 students (20 each from 14th and 15th GYA) were selected for the final competition organized in the capital. The preliminary areas of assessment include comprehension writing (in both English and Dzongkha) and talents. 
The GYA winners and nominees claimed that they are inspired by His Majesty the King’s word of wisdom shared during the personal audience yesterday.
“We now know the importance of developing good habits at early years of life. And we agree that Bhutanese youth should strive and work harder to become globally competent,” said a nominee.
Trophies and appreciation certificates were awarded to the first and second runners up from each cohort and all the GYA nominees and Young Volunteers in Action.
The first runner-up for the 14th GYA is Nyeza Droelkar Tshering from Druk School in Thimphu. Kinley Deki Yangzom, a student from Ugyen Academy in Punakha is announced the second runner-up. Buli Central School’s Pema Yoezer in Zhemgang was awarded the title of third runner-up for the 14th GYA.
For the 15th GYA, Karma Pema Lhamo from Sherubling Community School in Trongsa was awarded a trophy, medal and certificate as the first runner-up. Tshering Chophel from Bayling Central school in Trashiyangtse stood as the second runner-up. The third runner-up spot is awarded to Choki Wangmo, a student of Tendruk Central School in Samtse.
The awards for the runners-up were handed over by prominent figures of the country. 
His Eminence, Gyalwa Dokhampa Rinpoche, Education Minister, Lyonpo Jai Bir Rai and Foreign Affairs Minister, Lyonpo Dr Tandi Dorji gave away the runners-up award.
Dorji Ohm, the executive director (ED) of YDF said that all the 40 youth gathered there must play their role as a ‘torch bearer of the nation’ hereafter, resounding the precious words of Her Majesty, The Gyalyum, Ashi Tshering Pem Wangchuck.
“Each and everyone of you out here is a winner who reached the final through competitive process with great capabilities and competence although the award goes to the most deserving youth,” said the ED.
The final event was organized at the De-Suung Office with various entertainment programs like cultural dances from Roaring Thunder Dragon, a theatrical act directed by Charmi Chheda titled ‘out of the box’ performed by black box theatre focusing on the satirical pressure on youths. Famed singers and Park Sonam as GYA’s media partner. And an overwhelming flash mob dance from YDF staff.
During the four-day camp, students also visited super fab lab for innovation challenges. Leadership talks from Dr. Will Parks, representative of UNICEF, physical fitness test and spirituality talks.
The Golden Youth Award is the program recognized by His Majesty The King and it is one of the most celebrated events by youth.
The ceremony ended with the camp song attended guests and delegates in Thimphu.
The GYA participants stated that the audience with His Majesty The King on the third day will be an everlasting memory not only to cherish the moment but also to reflect on their actions throughout their lifetime.
“We will strive and work harder to achieve His Majesty’s vision of our youth becoming globally competent,” pledged the GYA nominees.
Moreover, the GYA nominees are aslo grateful to Her Majesty, The Gyalyum, Ashi Tshering Pem Wangchuck for providing platform to showcase their talent.
“Without a platform like GYA, there’s so little a youth can do with all the talent and skills,” said the GYA participants.