Sound Social Policies Important For Achieving Gross National Happiness: Nidup Dorji (Royal University of Bhutan)

Email

From 15-25 July, a total of 116 participants attended a 10 day Certificate Course on Social Policy in the district of Haa.

(Source: Facebook/Sakteng Lower Secondary School)

 

By Staff Reporter Kuensel

From 15-25 July, a total of 116 participants comprising of parliamentarians, civil servants, non-governmental and civil society representatives attended a 10 day Certificate Course on Social Policy in the district of Haa.

Location of Haa

Map: Druk Asia

 

The course was jointly initiated and launched by Sherubtse College, the Institute for Gross National Happiness Studies (iGHNaS), the Royal University of Bhutan and UNICEF Bhutan in January 2016.

Aims of conduction the Certificate Course on Social Policy

This fourth cohort training aims to provide the participants with a conceptual framework as well as a range of analysis and problem-solving skills on social policy formulation.

 

Photo: Kuensel

 

This is to ensure that the trainees will be able to implement policies that are evidence based, consultative, and in the best interests of children, women and the most vulnerable in Bhutan.

A joint press release from Sherubtse College, iGNHaS and UNICEF Bhutan states that the course also strives to understand the emerging gap between policy making and implementation through live case studies on policy issues in Bhutan.

Initially launched with support from external ‘resource persons’, the course is now fully run by Bhutanese experts.

 

Source: Youtube/TEDx Talks

 

According to the Vice Chancellor of the Royal University of Bhutan, Nidup Dorji: “Sound social policies are important for achieving Gross National Happiness and the Sustainability Development Goals. The course has become even more important to ensure that we fulfil our commitments in changing our circumstances.” 

How UNICEF Bhutan has been providing support

UNICEF Bhutan’s Representative ad-interim, Juliette Haenni said that UNICEF has been supporting the Government on upstream policy work such as increased focus on Social Policy, which has the potential to have a much larger impact.

 

 

3-year-old Jigme is one of the 15 children attending the first-ever Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) centre in Lungo village in Laya (Bhutan), located at almost 4000 metres above sea level and previously thought unreachable. UNICEF and partners provide the best start in life… for every child, everywhere.

Source: UNICEF Bhutan

 

“That is why this 10-day Certificate Course on Social Policy which covers numerous public policies addressing education and health services, as well as those affecting livelihoods and income distribution, social protection and more broadly, social justice, has been introduced for a diverse group of policymakers and stakeholders.”

According to the press release, an offshoot of the work involved in the development of this course is the inclusion of a new module on social policy in the BA Economics, and BA Political Science and Sociology streams at Sherubtse College.

  

This article first appeared in Kuensel and has been edited for Daily Bhutan.

 


Related Posts

Interview With Rudolf Schwenk, As He Sets To Leave His Post As...

An interview session with Rudolf Schwenk on his work in Bhutan.

Jul 01, 2019 21:18

Insight Into UNICEF’s Work In Bhutan Since 1974 – The Results So...

UNICEF’s work in Bhutan began in 1974 to improve the lives of children, youth and women in Bhutan.

Oct 11, 2018 16:56

Bhutan's Tarayana Foundation Started A Kitchen Garden For Every...

Funded by the World Bank, the Tarayana Foundation also plans to carry out similar projects in other rural communities in...

Jul 02, 2019 23:38

RENEW’s Microfinance Loans Empower Women In Rural Regions Of...

Most women in the rural communities do not have access to financial services but this initiative has been a turning...

Jan 23, 2019 18:02

Promoting Access To Micro-Finance Amongst The Rural Populace And...

RENEW, BAOWE, Tarayana Foundation and the Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan provide micro-finance to the rural...

Jan 28, 2019 16:49

UNICEF Set Up First Ever Early Childhood Care and Development...

UNICEF and Bhutan’s Education Ministry inaugurated the Early Childhood Care and Development Centre on April 10 this...

Apr 27, 2019 19:38

Latest

News

Co-Funded By The EU, [email protected] Project Launched To Provide High Speed Internet For Bhutan’s Research And Education Communities

A high-speed network called DrukREN for research and education communities in Bhutan was also launched.

Aug 21, 2019 09:58

Find Innovative Solutions For Every Challenge: Prime Minister Modi To Bhutan’s Youth

Prime Minister Modi said that he ‘sees dynamism and felt energised’ while meeting with the future of Bhutan.

Aug 18, 2019 23:58

Features

Bhutan Women Parliamentary Caucus Launched To Promote Gender Equality

It is expected to address the need for women role models at leadership and decision-making levels in Bhutan.

Aug 20, 2019 17:08

Fulfilling His Majesty The King’s Vision, Digital Drukyul Is Set To Improve Public Service Delivery And Empower Citizens Digitally

Digital Drukyul will help create a digital ecosystem for citizens which is unencumbered by bureaucratic red tape.

Aug 19, 2019 15:28

Sports

Two Young Bhutanese Swimmers Competed In 18th FINA World Championship

The duo are proud to represent Bhutan and compete on a worldwide stage for the first time.

Jul 28, 2019 21:32

Bhutan’s Dragon Boys Starts FIFA World Cup Qualifiers With A 1-0 Win Over Guam

Midfielder, Tshering Dorji’s 35th minute strike was enough to make Bhutan win the first leg of the first round of the 2022 World Cup and...

Jun 08, 2019 22:18

Business

Southeast Asian Company Invests Over US$100,000 In Bhutanese Start-up Drukfood

The investment includes a mix of cash and investment-in-kind.

Aug 15, 2019 14:26

Bhutan’s First Crowdfunding Platform Gaining Traction, Opens Doors For Entrepreneurs To Raise Funds

So far, three promoters - Bhutan Alternatives, Freelancer Bhutan and Himalayan food have registered with the Bhutan crowdfunding platform.

Aug 05, 2019 22:10

Travel

7 Facts You Never Knew About Flying Into Bhutan

Druk Asia interviewed Namgyal Wangchuk, Senior First Officer with Drukair to find out what it's like to fly into Paro International Airport.

Aug 07, 2019 23:18

Bhutan Has Great Potential To Be A Top Eco-Tourism Spot: Albert Teo

Despite Bhutan being home to a wide array of flora and fauna, it is still not a top ecotourism destination.

Jul 19, 2019 23:58

Lifestyle

Finding One’s Voice: Rapping In The Kingdom Of Bhutan

The lack of support for rappers stems from the general misconception that most people have about rap.

Aug 10, 2019 23:38

First Bhutan-Bollywood Film Collaboration - Rolong: Make the Dead Walk In The Making

The film is expected to hit the theatres by the middle of 2020.

Aug 04, 2019 23:58

Subscribe to our newsletter

Never miss out on new happenings and news stories!