YMTA Bhutan kicked started with a daylong youth forum on 16/11/2017. During the youth forum, YMTA Bhutan was launched in the morning. In the remarks by the executive director of BTI, during the launch of YMTA Bhutan, she informed the youths on the corruption situation in Bhutan highlighting on the stand of Bhutan’s CPI ranking at global and regional level. The Executive also emphasized on the role of youth in promoting transparency, Integrity, and Accountability and encouraged all the youth participants to contribute to the noble initiative of YMTA. It was followed by the introduction of participants to YMTA, its objective and YMTA Bhutan’s role in the contribution to the major objective of YMTA.

Later after the tea break, the participants were divided into 5 different groups to discuss on how can they contribute to TMTA Bhutan? After dividing the participants into 5 groups they were given the opportunity to discuss on what they would like to do for the online campaign of YMTA Bhutan. Four options were given (I.e. Photography, Video Documentary, Art and Any other activity) for the online campaign. The online campaign was announced to be a competition among the groups and the criteria for the competition was presented to the group by the core members of YMTA.

Ten minutes was allotted to this group activity and after that, a representative from each group presented on what activity they will be doing among the four options floated for the YMTA online campaign. The groups came with different ideas to create awareness on corruption through Photo, Video, and Art.

After expression of the interest by the individual group on what they want to do, the groups were given some time to discuss on their indicated task. This was followed by a presentation by the group leaders. The following were the activities proposed by each by each group for YMTA online campaign.

Group 1: Documentary Video on Corruption

Group 2: Photography

 Group 3: Art on Corruption

Group 4: Ifography on Corruption

Group 5: Animation on Corruption

 

Group Competition

After the youth forum, each group was allotted 10 days to complete their works and a mid evaluation was carried out after 5 days to see their progress. All the groups completed their task within the allotted time and the individual group works were uploaded on the YMTA facebook page on 29/11/2017. The group competition was based on likes and shares gained by individual group works after posting on YMTA facebook page and an evaluation to be carried out by independent panel members.

Group 1: came up with a documentary on how the behavior of adults influences the young children. They have developed a story where a father keeps on bribing the procurement officer of one organization to get the tender and quotations for supplying equipment to the office.

His son notices what he does to be successful and later the son try to mimic the actions of his father by bribing his teacher to make him pass in the examination. When the son approaches his teacher and offers money to make him pass, his teacher asks him where he learned such thing? The student narrates what his father does, at that movement the teacher tells the student that it’s an act of corruption and it’s punishable under the criminal laws of the country. The teacher further tells the student to warn his father not to resort to such deeds henceforth. Later when the boy gets back to the home, he again sees his father bribing the procurement officer at home. At that movement the son try to grab the money offered by his father to the procurement officer and give them a lesson. Click the link to view the video  https://www.facebook.com/ymtaofficial/videos/903454923140983/

Group 2: Group 2 developed a photo slide exhibiting pledge against corruption for YMTA campaign. They went around the town to get pledge against corruption from different people and made a photo slide to create awareness. Click here for the video https://www.facebook.com/ymtaofficial/videos/903432856476523/

 Group 3: Group 3 came up with an art, exhibiting the key findings from the National Corruption Barometer Report 2016 to create awareness on the forms of corruption, causes of corruption and concentration of corruption in the country. The video can be viewed through this link  https://www.facebook.com/ymtaofficial/videos/903410076478801/

Group 4: Group 4 came with an idea to give the information on the level of corruption in each District from the secondary data. They also presented on what is corruption as per anti-corruption act of Bhutan and how to report corruption by exhibiting different channels for reporting corruption.

The video can be asses through the link https://www.facebook.com/ymtaofficial/videos/903413516478457/ 

Group 5: Group 5 developed a short story to exhibit the importance of reporting corruption through animation video. They used animals as the main characters of the story. The documentary exhibits Mr. Tiger (Local Government Leader) misusing government’s fund to build his own house. When Mr. Elephant sees it and reminds the Tiger of his corrupt act, Mr. Tiger threatens Mr. Elephant to keep quiet, if not he will be killed. Ms. Bear also encourages Mr. Elephant to keep quiet, stating that the money belongs to the government it’s not a problem to misuse government’s money. At that moment Mr. Cat is hiding and watching the scene of what’s happening and he thinks and it’s better to report to Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). So the Cat goes to ACC to report the corrupt act of Tiger. ACC thanks to the Mr. Cat for taking the bold decision of reporting corruption. Later after 6 months, the news highlights Mr. Tiger being imprisoned by ACC for embezzlement. The documentary encourages everyone to be like the cat to report corruption at the 1st incidence. Click here for the video https://www.facebook.com/ymtaofficial/videos/903412663145209/

The groups posted their individual group works on facebook form 29/11/2017 and started sharing their works by the respective group members to gain likes and shares.

The independent evaluation was carried out during the IACD by 20 young children from different schools. The evaluation criteria were kept simple. i.e marks form 0 – 1- to be accorded to each group works.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prizes were awarded on 9/12/2017 coinciding with the International Anti-Corruption Day 2017.