January 28, 2010
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First-Ever Inclusive Education Conference For Tibetan School Leaders Gets Underway[Thursday, 28 January 2010, 4:22 p.m.]


 
Educationalist Nicola Tansley (2nd R) speaks to heads of Tibetan schools on the opening day of a 3-day conference on inclusive education at Sarah, near Dharamsala, India, on 28 January 2010. Also seen in the picture are Education Officer Tsering Phuntsok (1st R), Secretary Ven Karma Gelek Yuthok (3rd R) and Principal Ven Jampel Dakpa(4th R)/Photos:Sangay Kyap/TibetNet

Dharamshala:
A group of twenty-three heads of Tibetan schools are interacting with
educationalist Nicola Tansley to explore ways to involve all sections
of schoolchildren, regardless of their individual characteristics or
difficulties, in order to make the schools more supportive and
inclusive to them.Ms. Nicola Tansley from UK has been working
as an inclusive education consultant for Tibetan schools since 2008,
and associated with the Tibetan community for the past ten years.As
part of the Basic Education Policy for Tibetans in exile, the
Department of Education is organising the first-ever conference on
inclusive education for Tibetan school leaders at the College for
Higher Tibetan Studies at Sarah near Dharamsala, from 28 – 30 January. In
his opening remarks, Education Officer Tsering Phuntsok said the
conference aims to give impetus to the inclusive practices in the
Tibetan schools. He expressed hope that the training would
help school administrations in enhancing understanding on the issues
and challenges to make schools supportive and inclusive to all sections
of children.He said the education department is attaching great
importance in making best efforts to educate students with special
needs in regular schools together with other students, in accordance to
the principles enshrined in the education policy.We are
thankful to Nicola, who will be sharing her expertise with all of you
in the next few days, and we hope that everyone will actively interact
in the deliberations on the inclusive education, Mr. Tsering Phuntsok
said.Outlining the objectives of inclusive education, Ms.
Nicola Tansley said the system is not just about serving disabled
children, but a holistic approach to make every children fully part of
the whole by sharing their needs and listening to their ideas.She said the approach is to recognise that everybody is different and has something good to contribute.

 
Education Secretary Ven Karma Gelek Yuthok delivers his opening address at the 3-day conference on inclusive education, organised by the department of education of central Tibetan administration at Sarah, near Dharamsala, India, from 28 – 30 January 2010

Ms.
Tansley said the inclusive education is also about giving particular
attention to the needs of children with difficulties or disabilities,
and encouraging participation and working together across the whole
school community. The conference aims to identify barriers to
learning and participation, and to develop understanding that
overcoming barriers to inclusion improves schools for everyone, she
added.In his inaugural address, Education Secretary Venerable
Karma Gelek Yuthok underlined the need to extend the sense and meaning
of inclusive education beyond serving the needs of small section needy
children.The education secretary said Tibetan schools must put
efforts to make inclusive educational approach relevant and positive,
adding, it should be logical, reasonable and more compassionate.He
emphasised that teachers should be more sensitive to the children’s
feelings, which he said will help to mitigate discrimination. He
urged the participants to actively deliberate to come up with a
concrete action plan in strengthening inclusive education in Tibetan
schools. He also told them to give ideas and thoughts on the approach
from the Tibetan perspective.
He
said Tibet’s rich culture and tradition has the potential to provide a
supplement to the modern education system. The Tibetan schools should
set itself as a model for the world community, he added.
Ms. Nicol Tansley had submitted a status report to the department of education after visiting various Tibetan schools in exile.The
participants will discuss issues for inclusion in Tibetan schools based
on the finding from the department of education and other work.
Sessions on brain and learning, bullying, disabled children, school
improvement, infrastructure and systems are on the agenda.The
participants from two-twenty different schools in northern India,
include 3 rectors from the Central Tibetan Schools Administration, 5
principals, 2 headmasters and 1 special educationalist from the Tibetan
Children Village schools, 1 PGT and a headmistress from the Tibetan
Homes Foundation, 3 principals, 3 headmistresses and 2 headmasters from
the Sambhota Tibetan Schools Society and 1 principal from Sherab Gatsel
Lobling.

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