DHARAMSHALA: Education Kalon Ngodup Tsering visited Tibetan schools in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand from 25 October – 1 November.
He visited Sambhota Tibetan school, Dekyiling, TCV Selakui and Sambhota Tibetan School, Paonta, from 26 – 28 October and addressed the staff and students of the schools.
In his address, Education Kalon emphasised the importance of education, the preservation of Tibetan language, universal ethics and population growth in our community which affects the enrollment of students in Tibetan schools.
He advised the students to ask more questions to the teachers so that the teachers come to the class well prepared. The students were also told to set higher aims in their lives. He also spoke on the significance and implementation of the Basic Education Policy (BEP) for Tibetans in exile and various other programs of the education department like Teacher Professional Development (TPD) and Early Grade Reading (EGR) to improve the professional skill of teachers and the reading skill of early grade students respectively.
Kalon Ngodup Tsering attended SPARKE conference organised by SOIR-IM at the Songtsen Library, near Dekyiling on 29 October. In his keynote address, he talked about corporal punishment being practiced in schools and explored measures to address it. He also spoke on the universal ethics, role of teachers and students, to develop kindness and compassion in school education. He expressed his gratitude to SOIR-IM for its continuous support towards the development of Tibetan community in India.
Kalon visited Tibetan Homes Foundation school, Mussoorie, THF Rajpur and Tibetan Nehru Memorial Foundation school, Clement Town from 30 October to 1 November. During his visits, he took part in various school activities and interacted with the staff and teachers of these schools.