Organized by Youth Center Division, Department. of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Education, the fifth National YPEER Meet has begun in Thimphu today. As usual, the primary objective of the Meet is to bring together YPEER members from different Networks and give them a platform to exchange new ideas, good practices and learn from each other’s experiences.
YPEER is a Network of young advocates specialized in the promotion of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) through peer-to-peer approach. Since its establishment in Bhutan in 2012, YPEER Bhutan has initiated numerous peer-led activities to promote and strengthen SRHR among young people in Bhutan. Today, it has 15 Networks in various colleges and Technical Training Institutes.
This year, the 4-day Meet is designed to create opportunities for the members of different YPEER Networks to share their achievements, discuss challenges and explore strategies for further improvement and expansion of YPEER activities in the country. The Networks shall update each other on various initiatives taken and deliberate on how to address common challenges faced while implementing their activities.
Besides, various cultural and literary activities have also been planned for the meaningful engagement of participants especially in the evening. The participants shall also have a cultural hike to Tango Monastery tomorrow to explore and understand the significance of the sacred site. These extra-curricular activities are not only designed to engage them meaningfully, but also to help them enhance their knowledge and skills in relevant areas.
A total of 107 youth from seven YPEER Networks (Gaedu College of Business Studies, RTC, CNR, CLCS, Khuruthang TTI, Rangjung TTI and Faculty of Nursing and Public Health are attending the Meet. The Meet shall end on 22nd December 2020. This entire program is supported by UNFPA.