Capacity building of Leadership Scouts as a SERVICE PROVIDER during COVID-19 pandemic.

The Department of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Education conducted a two day orientation program for 87 Leadership Scouts in Thimphu, Paro, Punakha and Wangduephodrang with the funding support from UNICEF Bhutan office. The program was initiated with the objective to prepare Scouts as a Basic Service Provider to their family, friends and relatives in the community in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

The Scouts were oriented on the COIVD-19 manual developed by the Ministry of Health. They also attended sessions on basic psychosocial skills, tool kit for communication and social media, social innovation and crowd control.

Leadership Scouts will carry out various activities and projects to protect their community from COVID-19. They formed a youth team in their Dzongkhag/Thromde to provide basic services to their family and others in the community in the event of local transmission of COVID-19.

Following series of projects have been proposed to carry out immediately in their communities;

1. C-Learning (Community Learning to help young school going children in rural places learn basic literacy and also support local school to deliver SIM and other educational materials to children)

2.Advocate on COVID-19 standard Safety Health Protocols using the E-manual provided starting from family members, neighborhood and later to the community members.

3.Audiovisual production on COVID-19 in Dzongkha.

4.Project to read 15 pages daily for youth

5. Advocacy on Druk Trace App to rural communities