Four-year Bachelor of Arts program in social work planned in July next year

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The UNICEF Bhutan, together with the Samtse College of Education (SCE), is looking forward to launch a four-year Bachelor of Arts program in social work starting in July 2019.

This was divulged by the UNICEF Deputy Representative, Juliette Haenni, at the first-ever international conference on ‘emerging social work practices and education’ that concluded today in Samtse.

Juliette Haenni said, “These qualified social work practitioners will further support hundreds of children and families in the years to come… to enjoy a life without violence and full of opportunities.”

Acknowledging that social workers are key to every child’s right to a nurturing family environment and protection from violence and abuse, UNICEF Bhutan hosted the first ever International Conference on Social Work from May 1 -3 in Samtse in partnership with the SCE.

The opening of the International Conference was graced by Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering on May 1.

Other participants included social work practitioners, CSOs, and academia from Bhutan, the South-Asian region, Japan, Australia and South Africa. They also engaged in discourse on the theme “Dialogues on New Dimensions in Social Work Practices in Bhutan”.

Addressing the congregation, Lyonchhen said, “Being born a human is an opportunity so precious that we should not waste it without a purpose in life. We have to be useful. As an individual, as a member of your community and in nation building.”

Meanwhile, the first of its kind conference in the country aspired to connect the social work academia, practitioners and researchers from Bhutan and outside and engage in generative dialogues to reflect on how Bhutan can bring synergy between modern social work education and Bhutanese cultural values.

Tshering from Thimphu

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