Youth are stepping up the effort to gather more feedback on how Bhutan’s National Youth Policy, drafted in 2011, is making an impact and what needs to change to accommodate changing scenarios.

Eighteen members of the Youth Initiative (YI) are undergoing a two- day Focus group Discussion (FGD) training to conduct FGDs as part of the YI’s review of the National Youth Policy (NYP) 2011.

Participants were introduced to the fundamentals of FGD. Starting from FGD as a research tool to types of questions to be asked, the training also covered objectives, ethical considerations, and preparations involved in conducting FGDs. At the same time, a presentation on thematic areas in the NYP 2011 was made so as to acquaint the participants with the subject matter at hand. It was followed by training on how to transcribe the focus group discussions.

The participants also carried out two mock FGDs, first among the participants themselves, and the second with other youths. We look forward to presenting the findings to our decision-makers and the government soon.

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