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Young Champions advocate EFA through Art and Quizzes
The Young Champions took part in the festival to advocate the Education for All (EFA) goals and to inform the general public on the current state of education in Bhutan. They set up an EFA Information and Activity Booth. The four Young Champions of Bhutan represent four youth-related organizations:
- Youth Development Fund (a national NGO dealing with Youth issues and projects)
- VAST-Voluntary Artists' Studio (an NGO working with young artists)
- KUZOO (radio station dedicated to be the voice of the youth)
- National Commission for Women and Children (established to monitor and coordinate activities related to the rights of women and children in Bhutan).
The EFA Information Booth was organized in such a way that each of Young Champions could promote their organizations' ideals as well as advocate EFA.
Alongside the education quiz, art supplies were given to participants and they were asked to draw on any themes related to education. The Young Champion from VAST helped facilitate the activity by providing art tips and encouragement. Children who participated were also compensated with books., Posters from the popular Meena initiative were given as prizes.
The response to both activities was overwhelming. The success of this initiative could be attributed to the teamwork of the Young Champions and their ability to complement each others' skills and knowledge. Although it is hard to measure the impact of this initiative, judging by the response and the eagerness exuded by the participants, the Young Champions are hopeful that there is a small fraction of the Bhutanese population who are now a little more aware of the state of education in their country.