Children and youths have grasped a chance of learning music by paying Rs 7 per day at least for a week, thanks to the Chosen Generation.
The Chosen Generation, which is a platform for the refugee Christian youths and children, started its week-long guitar class in Beldangi-II based Ashish Church on Monday amidst a grand opening ceremony.
“We have around 80 students for this class and fifty percent are girls,” coordinator Bhakta Acharya told Bhutan News Service,” We just wanted the learners to feel that they have paid some amount for the class as free classes go sometimes meaningless.”
However, around a dozen students are without the fee, which is Rs 50 for seven days.
According to Acharya, the Generation has felt that changes in youths can be brought through music. It was formed in 2007.
“There are children and youths using various forms of drugs. They need to be changed. And, such a change is possible only through music,” Acharya added.
Even non-Christian students become a part of the Generation’s program. At least 10 students from the Parijat Bal Samuh have been enrolled in the class.
Acharya further said, “We are not luring young minds to turn into a Christian. We just want changes on them.”
Meanwhile, other members of the Generation expressed that they lack the regular funding for conducting such programs.
“We can do a lot of similar programs targeting youths and children in camps. However, participants can not afford always,” said one member.
Representatives of various camp based organizations, pastors of different Churches and senior figures from Beldangi camps were present to encourage the students during the opening session.
Reported by Khem Prasad Dahal and Moses Lagoon for BNS