Sherubtse College hosted the Youth Summit 2021 organized by Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy (BCMD) from 16th to 23rd July. The objective of the summit was to train the participants on asset-based community mapping.
The participants started off mapping two communities; Sherubtse Campus and Kanglung upper and lower market, where they were able to identify dormant assets that were underutilized and disaster-prone areas that the community needed to be aware of.
Over the course of the workshop, participants reflected on themselves, their responsibility and their capability to contribute to their community's development, to which Yeshi, President of the student body, shared “Attending the workshop gave me a different perspective on community development. I think local leaders and planning officers would also greatly benefit from learning asset-based community mapping.” All participants expressed increased confidence in voicing their opinion and in the difference their actions can have in society.
“The skills I’ve learned today would help me become a better teacher; someone who puts students first and gathers their diverse views and someone who fosters an interactive learning environment rather than a linear one”, said Prakash, a History student, who aspires to become a Teacher.
The participants also shared a common perspective that young people at schools and colleges are all capable of public discourse but need to be provided with space and motivation.
“I feel empowered, and relieved that I spent my vacation learning valuable life skills”, said Tsheten where she learned the skills of community mapping with 13 other youth from various disciplines at Sherubtse College.