DHARAMSHALA: Education Secretary Dr Ngawang Rabgyal, Department of Education, CTA released an educational video of 16 Tibetan rhymes and poems for children, composed and directed by a non-formal research candidate of the Education Department’s Specialisation scheme, Mr Chodak at Norling Creche and Kindergarten, Dharamshala.
Director of the Education Council, Mr Tsering Samdup, Teachers and staff of the Norling Creche and Kindergarten were also present at the release.
Expressing appreciation for the researcher, chief guest Dr Ngawang Rabgyal, Education Secretary of the Department of Education spoke about the cultural benefits of learning one’s language through music and dance for young children.
“One of the key components of the traditional “five minor sciences”(Rig ne Chungwa Nga), dance and music, are integral part of Tibetan culture and tradition. Although categorized under the minor sciences, the art of music and dance is evidently more popular than other sciences.”
“The Education Department is indeed pleased to release the set of Tibetan educational songs and poems for young children, written and directed by our research candidate,” he said.
Applauding the researcher’s achievement and contribution in traditional Tibetan learning for young children, Mr Tsering Samdup, Director of the Education Council under Department of Education said, “Mr Chodak’s innovation of Tibetan nursery rhymes and poems is truly commendable, given the existing need for effective learning mechanism for child’s learning and growth. This stream of work is especially meaningful for young Tibetan children in learning our history, culture and language, simultaneously through music and song.“
The Department of Education has provided scholarships for specialization and research to 43 non-formal research candidates since 2004. Out of the 43 candidates, 7 have successfully submitted their research papers, 7 have finished their research and 10 are currently pursuing their research.