A Hand in Happiness

Objective

 Empower 75 Bhutanese youth with digital wings within the next five years.

Background

Bhutan’s youth unemployment rate is one of the highest in the region despite the consistent effort of the government and concerned authorities.

Some serious consequences of youth unemployment and insecurity are linked to the exclusion of young people from a productive role in the adult world of work that demoralize them, undermine social cohesion and has led to several social problems including drug and alcohol addiction.

It is important to provide proper guidance and shield the vulnerable youth. One way of ensuring proper safeguard is by providing practical skills.

Today, the ability to use a computer effectively is an essential life skill that enables people to improve their personal and professional lives. ICDL Certification can make youth more attractive to employers, while increasing their ability to communicate and access information and services in their personal lives.

Intervention

 A Hand in Happiness aims to raise funds to provide (ICDL) International computer skills training and certification for 15 Bhutanese youths every year for five years. ICDL (International Computer Driving Licence) is world’s leading computer skills certification in the practical use of computers and computer applications.

Certification will be followed by provision of other skills like digital marketing, leadership, communications and social entrepreneurship.

Impact

At the end of the program, they will be assisted to start a social enterprise of their own or be employed. Bhutanese society is very closely knit and any action has an immediate impact on the family, friends and their community. Thus, this is expected to make a difference to over 1000 Bhutanese people.

First FoY Initiative: In January 2016, BMCI, in partnership with Future of Youth Singapore organized a program for youth and coaches of Bhutan and Singapore to come together in Bhutan to reflect upon “the purpose of life” through learning, sharing, giving and bonding.

FoY Singapore partner has been supporting the Zilukha nunnery, monasteries, Ability Bhutan Society and other organisations by providing computers, learning material and other necessities.

BMCI-FoY Singapore will continue to organise and support similar programs