GNH advocacy in the remote east

Gross National Happiness (GNH), the most talked about subject is also least known to many in the remote pockets of the country.

22 peer coordinators under Nazhoen Yarab, an organization under Yarab Communication which deals with youth-related issues has started a project on education and advocacy on GNH in far flung places in eastern Bhutan.

The places include Trashigang, Mongar, Lhuentse, Samdrup Jongkhar, Pemagatshel, and Trashiyangtse.

Nazhoen Yarab’s chief coordinator Thinlay Dorjee said the youth coordinators will educate and advocate the GNH principles at the grass root levels. “We will be covering the remote places where a person has to walk for two to three days and the peer coordinators will educate people through stage drama, songs, story-telling and screening of short films on GNH,” he added.

The main objective of the project, he said is basically to make people living in the remote areas to understand GNH on a broader level. “People in urban areas have been hearing about GNH and most of the people are educated and they at least know something about GNH,” he said.

The project has been planned to be implemented over a period of six months in two phases.

The peer coordinators underwent three days induction course before embarking on the project.

Yarab Communications was founded in 2002 and the Nazhoen Yarab in 2012.

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