October 31, 2010
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Graces TCV’s Golden Jubilee Celebration[Sunday, 31 October 2010, 4:51 p.m.]


 
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is greeted by Jetsun Pema on his arrival at the Tibetan Children’s Village in Upper Dharamsala, on 31 October 2010/Photos by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

Dharamshala:
Gracing the fiftieth founding anniversary of the Tibetan Children’s
Village School yesterday, His Holiness the Dalai Lama “urged all the
past and present students to remember and preserve their Tibetan
identity”. He urged the school administration not to give in to
negligence and complacency, and to strengthen their efforts to make
further progress.“For the students, past and present, of TCV
here in Dharamsala and elsewhere in India, I urge you to remember and
preserve your Tibetan identity, while at the same time keeping in mind
that your education has prepared you to be participating citizens of
the twenty-first century,” His Holiness the Dalai Lama said in a
message.His Holiness underlined the importance of giving proper
guidance and encouragement to the children. “Giving children a sound
education has far reaching effects as childhood is a time of learning
and training in preparation for life ahead. We human beings are
naturally intelligent and children, unburdened by other obligations,
have some freedom and flexibility of thought and action. However, that
natural freedom and intelligence will only become fruitful if given
proper guidance and encouragement,” His Holiness said.

 
His Holiness receives a plaque from students during ceremonies to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Tibetan Children’s Village in Upper Dharamshala on 31 October 2010

His
Holiness said teachers should have positive human values such as
warmheartedness. “If a student in addition to receiving a good
intellectual education happens to have teachers with a warm heart, and
a sense of responsibility for both caring and discipline, he or she
tends to grow into a more fulfilled adult. Children who receive this
kind of education have a chance not only to improve themselves as
individuals but to contribute to the development of society as a whole.
In the pursuit of genuine happiness, positive human values are
essential. TCV’s motto – Others before Self – aptly expresses this,”
His Holiness said.Speaking of negligence of the school
administration resulting in the food poisoning incident in Lower TCV
school, His Holiness strongly urged the school administration to take
special care in maintaining proper cleanliness and providing hygienic
food to the children. TCV began to function as Nursery for
Tibetan Refugee Children on 17 May 1960, a year after the arrival of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and thousands of Tibetans in India from
Tibet following brutal repression by the government of People’s
Republic of China.  “The Indian government rented us two empty
bungalows for the purpose near my present home at Dharamsala and I
appointed my elder sister, Tsering Dolma, to run it. The result was
overwhelming – for almost before we knew where we were – over 800 tiny
children has been placed in our care within months. My sister and her
voluntary helpers had to improvise the barest necessities of life of
this enormous family. This, the Tibetan Refugee Nursery, was the
beginning of TCV. Since then it has grown from strength to strength,”
His Holiness said.After the sad demise of Mrs Tsering Dolma in
1964, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s younger sister Mrs Jetsun Pema took
over the responsibility to look after the day to day school’s
management.

 
His Holiness the Dalai Lama greets supporters of TCV during ceremonies to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Tibetan Children’s Village in Upper Dharamshala on 31 October
2010

Today,
TCV takes care of over 16,000 children in fraternities extending from
Ladakh in the North to Bylakuppe in the South. It established The Dalai
Lama Institute for Higher Education in Bangalore as part of its efforts
to tackle challenges in the field of higher education in specialised
studies.The school spearheaded the Tibetanisation programme as
a pilot project in 1985 and it is followed at the junior level in all
TCV schools. The medium of instruction is made in Tibetan language to
make it much easier for the children to understand the subject matter.
While English is taught as a second language all other subjects –
Science, Social Studies, Mathematics etc. are all in Tibetan language.“Over
the last half a century, TCV has received generous help and support
from many quarters and I would like to take this opportunity to thank
the staff and teachers and all our friends for the invaluable
contributions they have made,” His Holiness said.In his
message, TCV President Mr Tsewang Yeshi expressed gratitude to the
government and people of India for their unwavering support and
sympathetic understanding. He also thanked friends and supporters
around the world, especially SOS-Kinderdorf International for their
continued financial help.

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