UNICEF hands over ICT equipment to Dratshang Lhentshog

A joint press release

26 April 2022
An inauguration
UNICEF Bhutan/2022/SPelden

Thimphu, April 26, 2022: With the pandemic bringing a shift in the delivery of services – from in-person support to distance and remote delivery, digital development has become catalytic in providing public services.

To support the central monastic body, connect and network with officials and communities in the districts and disseminate lifesaving information virtually, UNICEF handed over 110 pieces of ICT equipment to the Dratshang Lhentshog today.

The supplies, comprising projection screens, video conferencing equipment sets, video cameras, portable PA systems and computers will be distributed among the monastic body’s Child Care and Protection Office, Religion and Health Project, Bhutan Nuns Foundation and the Council for Religious Organization.

While the monastic body has made commendable progress, concerted efforts are required to sustain the progress made in ensuring the wellbeing of child monks and nuns. The ICT equipment will be used to raise awareness and educate families and communities on accessing services to improve the wellbeing of children in the communities, particularly on health and nutrition, protection and mental wellbeing.

His Excellency the Laytshog Lopon Sangay Dorji thanked UNICEF for its continued support towards the wellbeing of child monks and nuns in Bhutan.

“ICT is critical today and the equipment will help us disseminate information, conduct meetings and share knowledge in the monastic body,” the Laytshog Lopon said. “The equipment we received are both timely and important interventions in today’s digital age.”

Information communication technologies can accelerate progress and development, contribute to the realization of children’s wellbeing and help bridge economic divides.

However, physical barriers, such as poor infrastructure and geography, and technological barriers that limit access to equipment, hinder information sharing and development.

UNICEF Bhutan Representative Dr Will Parks said UNICEF is grateful to all the religious institutions and leaders for their work in ensuring the wellbeing of children in monastic institutions. 

“Religious leaders play a critical role in influencing families and communities and we recognize the challenges to connect and engage with them given the difficult geographic terrain and cost involved,” Dr Will Parks said. “Recognizing these challenges, UNICEF is happy to support the monastic body with these ICT supplies. We hope the equipment will be useful and cost efficient to connect and network with your officials in the districts and ensure the continuity of services for child monks and nuns during future restrictions.”


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