In line with the mandate of the Youth Center Division, Department of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Education to develop the capacity of young people to be productive and responsible citizens, an online e-Course on the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and Gender Based Violence (GBV) was piloted by Y-PEER Bhutan from 25th May to 7th June, 2020. The main objective of the online e-Course was to provide new knowledge and skills that can enhance the capacity of Y-PEER Bhutan members to initiate and provide quality programs/services related to CSE and GBV online through different media platforms. The e-Course was developed with an expectation to facilitate in engaging young people meaningfully and productively during the COVID-19 pandemic where people are encouraged to stay at home. The sessions were facilitated by 6-Y-PEER Bhutan members who attended various capacity development trainings and workshops both at National as well as on an international level. The participants for the e-Course have been selected through open call that required interested and eligible members to apply online with required information.
At the end of online e-Course, a 5-day retreat program for the Facilitators was conducted to come together and finalize the e-Course training package by incorporating the feedback and comments that were collected from the participants of piloted e-Course at the end of the course. The main objective of conducting the retreat program was to discuss and come up with an online training Framework for the training package that can be used in future to train Y-PEER Members. The Retreat was also attended by officials from the Department of Youth and Sports, MoE and UNFPA Bhutan. This program is supported by UNFPA Bhutan Country Office.