Norbu Lhamo BASW III
Student volunteers of Samtse College of Education (SCE) in collaboration with the Australia Awards Office conducted a cleaning campaign to mark the World Environment Day on 5 June 2022.
This year Bhutan Australia Alumni Organization (BAAA) decided to celebrate the day by organizing a cleaning campaign in and around the college campus. For SCE, Mr Ramesh Chhetri, the dean of student affairs and the student coordinator of the Tarayana club took the lead in the campaign.
‘It is a part of nation building in a small way, so instead of asking what a country can do for us, we have to contribute to our country for development,’ said Ugyen Tenzin, the Tarayana coordinator.
Sonam Wangchuk of Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) III year, a volunteer, said that this cleaning campaign would have helped create awareness for several people. He believes that celebrating the day this way is a chance to pay back the kindness that the earth has been providing to us to date.
The cleaning campaign was another way to create awareness in the community. This highlighted the importance of protecting the environment, starting with our wastes.
Sangay Chezom, another volunteer also a BASW III student said that this was a great opportunity for her to be part of a community engagement. She also felt proud for being able to help in cleaning the community along with other friends.
Among other colleges under the Royal University of Bhutan, Bhutan Australia Alumni Association (BAAA) had identified SCE as one of the collaborators to celebrate World Environment Day.
BAAA with financial support from the Australia Awards Office sponsored 40 t-shirts and refreshments for the program. This year’s theme was “Only One Earth – Living Sustainably in Harmony with Nature”