Draktsho aims at providing vocational training to young people with disabilities falling within the age group of 15-20 years. However, flexibility will need to be retained to include those between the age group of 13 to 30 years. This is because persons with disabilities face disadvantages and limited opportunities that prevent them from learning skills that the able-bodied in the same age group may avail of. Thus the need emerges that they are provided with requisite training inputs at whichever age they get the opportunity to start. Draktsho will need to respond to such needs.
Draktsho also aims at adopting approaches that foster inclusion of persons with disabilities and encourage their participation in family and community. The aim will be to identify ways that will provide persons with disabilities, and also persons without, to interact. In this way skills will get built and attitudes and perceptions influenced positively thus creating a better environment of acceptance for persons with disabilities in daily living and work spaces.
Draktsho will also aim proactively at establishing strong long-term linkages with government programs to gather requisite support and generate resources for activities like training for staff, trainees and families.
After years of encouraging work, Draktsho has been registered officially as a civil society organization (CSOA/PBO-07) under Bhutanese law on 26th November 2010 and the founder/director Ms Jigme Wangmo received the certificate on 20th December 2010, the 20th day of the 10th Bhutanese month of the Iron Male Tiger Year.
Draktsho is guided by a strong Board of Directors to monitor its plans, activities and growth. The Board of Directors is responsible to steer Draktsho towards achieving its goals and objectives in a sustainable manner.
Supported by the Board of Directors the management staff of Draktsho (see picture right) currently promotes the recommendations recorded in the 2007 ‘Master Plan’. And there has been a lot of activity at the Centre. There has been the establishment of its first branch in Kanglung, in the east of the country.
Draktsho has started as well written curricula for all of the programs which will provide not only identifiable guidelines for the staff and students, but also a means of providing the basis for evaluation of the programs and the progress of students.
The efficient management of the finances of the Draktsho has become a priority as the Centre becomes more dependent upon self-funding. Draktsho will undertake the maintenance of a recording format to justify the expenditure of their donations and expenses and will be auditable by the government at the end of the year 2011 as per the CSO rules which now apply.