DHARAMSHALA: The Tibetan Children’s Village school ,one of the largest school in exile celebrated its 55th founding anniversary. The chief guest of the opening ceremony, His Eminence Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje was welcomed with a ceremonial offering of Chayma (prouted barley seeds and roasted barley flour with butter) ,and escorted by School’s marching band.
Other Important guests of the occasion were the Speaker of Tibetan Parliament Mr. Penpa Tsering, Religious and Culture Kalon Pema Chhinjor (Representative of Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay), Kalons and members of the Kashag , Secretaries and heads of Tibetan governmental and non-governmental organisations, TCV 20 Years Service Award Recipients, TCV Alumni class of 1990 Batch and long time supporters and Donors. Thousands of Tibetans and Non-Tibetans had joined in the celebration.
The ceremony began with a moment of silence as a mark of respect to Tibetans who have sacrificed their lives to the cause of Tibet.
Addressing the occasion, His Eminence said, “On this auspicious occasion of TCV’s 55th anniversary, I take the opportunity to thank all the staffs, teachers and students who has been a part of TCV. I applaud your selfless contribution in preserving Tibetan identity and culture and for actualising His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s aspirations. The importance of Education is beyond question, especially in this time. Students should have an ambitious attitude towards learning and focus on improvement and excellence.”
As a message of reminder to Tibetans across the globe, His Eminence urged the Tibetans to reflect on the circumstances that led us into exile and the responsibility as a Tibetan refugee.
Religious and Culture Kalon Mr. Pema Chonjjor spoke about the collaborate efforts of Kashag and the administration of Tibetan Children’s Village in promoting education in exile. “Education is a key priority for the current Tibetan administration. Our goal is to significantly expand the base of Tibetan professionals holding advance degrees in modern education fields. The Kashag, therefore has announced new scholarship schemes to inspire Tibetan students to achieve merits in higher education. Along with Modern Education, basic traditional education is crucial to the sustenance of Tibetan culture. The implementation of basic education policy is an important initiative towards achieving an efficient education system. From 2016, the basic education policy will be introduced at primary stages in TCV schools. The Kalon congratulated the teachers and staff of Tibetan children’s village for their outstanding performance in providing education to thousands of children and expressed his gratitude to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Mrs. Tsering Dolma Takla and Mrs. Jetsun Pema for their wholehearted investment in the foundation of TCV,” said Mr. Pema Chhinjor, Religion and Culture Kalon.
Addressing the large gathering at the occasion, Speaker Penpa Tsering strongly urged the students and spectators alike to be a responsible community members. He encouraged more TCV alumni to serve the TCV community which in long run, will help TCV become a self reliant organisation.
The Director of TCV, Mr. Tsewang Yeshi gave an introductory background of TCV. “I take this opportunity to pay my deep respect and admiration to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama for his vision to educate Tibetan children both in the traditional and modern fields of studies, Mrs. Tsering Dolma Takla, the elder sister of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, who shouldered the responsibilty of the first TCV Nursery on 17 May 1960 and later, expanded into a residential school by Mrs. Jetsun Pema, the younger sister of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Without their leadership and guidance, the TCV would not have achieved success in educating thousands of Tibetan children. I also thank the the dedicated staff, teachers, and donors for their sustained support for TCV. ”
The Director congratulated Mr. Tenzin Damdul of TCV Suja for scoring 95.8 percentage in the class 12 CBSE board exam and encouraged all the students to achieve excellence in their studies.
The celebration was marked with students contingent march pass, cultural performances and calisthenics display. One of the six formations in the calisthenics display was ‘Tibet Climate Action’. The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) has launched “Tibet Climate Action For The Roof Of The World” campaign to urge the international community and world leaders gathering in Paris COP21 to recognise the Tibetan Plateau’s importance to the environmental health of the planet and to make Tibet central to global climate change discussions.
The inter-house athletics meet will be held tomorrow followed by a TCV alumni of 1990 batch gathering on the third day. The Anniversary celebration comes to a close on 25 October, 2015.
TCV is the largest residential school of the exiled Tibetan community. It was founded in 1960 as a nursery with 51 children. TCV has become an integrated educational community for Tibetan children in exile, as well as for hundreds of those escaping from Tibet each year. With established branches in India extending from Ladakh in the North to Bylakuppe in the South, TCV has over 15,000 children under its care. It is a registered, nonprofit charitable organisation with headquarter based at Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, North India.