Tibet Fund, Department of Education Launch Tibet Education Project


November 23, 2012 12:50 pm

Mr Rinchen Dharlo, President of Tibet Fund and Additional Secretary Topgyal Tsering of the Department of Education at the press conference on 23 Nov, 2012. (Photo: Namgyal Tsewang)

PRESS RELEASE

November 23, 2012

Official Launch of the Tibet Education Project

Dharamsala, INDIA – The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) is pleased to announce the launch of the Tibet Education Project (TEP), a two-year program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to help improve the quality of education opportunities for Tibetan refugee students in India and Nepal. Earlier this September, USAID awarded USD 2 million to Tibet Fund, a U.S.-based NGO operating out of New York City, to implement TEP.

The TEP will be implemented in close cooperation with the Central Tibetan Administration’s (CTA) Department of Education to address critical education needs prioritized by Sikyong Lobsang Sangay.

“This new initiative will provide a significant boost in strengthening the overall Tibetan education system and provide much-needed resources to realize some of the core educational goals of my administration. I want to thank USAID, Under Secretary Maria Otero and the Office of the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues for making this program possible,” said Sikyong Lobsang Sangay.

The Sikyong; Bill Hammink, USAID Mission Director in India; Sang Lee, USAID Agreement Officer Representative; Rinchen Dharlo, President of Tibet Fund; Bob Ankerson, Vice President of Tibet Fund; and senior officials of the CTA’s Department of Education attended the inauguration ceremony.

The TEP seeks to revitalize the Tibetan settlements in India and Nepal by strengthening the Tibetan education system in innovative, replicable ways that equip young Tibetans to succeed in modern professions, become strong and visionary leaders, and thrive in the global economy while sustaining their unique identity and culture. The project will intensify teacher development and training; expand the Scholarship Program; Scale the Counseling Program; Prioritize Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education; provide Test Preparation and Coaching for Secondary School Students; and Improve Educational Management.

For more information about the Tibet Education Project please contact Mr. Topgyal Tsering at +91-9882611874/education@tibet.net.