DHARAMSHALA: The Education Council of Central Tibetan Administration launched its first ever Handbook on Middle School Science Subject Teaching Through Dialectic here at Dharamshala today.
The Handbook was formally released by Chief Guest of the ceremony, Secretary Karma Singhe, Department of Education, CTA.
The Education Council is also organising 5-day workshop focussed on introducing the Handbook to the a group of Tibetan Philosophy teachers and Science and Maths teachers at the Tibetan Reception Centre.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony today, Secretary Karma Singhe said, “The Department of Education recognises this project of introducing Tibetan Dialectic as teaching methodology for Science and other academic subjects as our most important initiative”.
“In the early 2000, His Holiness the Dalai Lama envisaged a sustainable implementation and development of dialectics as teaching methodology in Tibetan schools. In fulfilment of the paramount vision of His Holiness, Education department has since launched a series of initiatives such as symposium, workshops and terminology,” the Secretary said.
While urging proactive participation from the teachers, he pointed that they were the main agents making impact on ground. “While we assure our wholehearted support and faciliation from our end, the main agents capable of making impact are the teachers. With our collaborate efforts, we will be able to achieve our goal”.
As told by Tsering Samdup, Head of the Education Council, the objective of Handbook was to emphasize the Tibetan traditional form of learning, (རིགས་ལམ་) which is based on verbal debate and reasoning and to encourage the students to employ logic and reasoning in their academic learning.
He further said that for the next five days, the teachers will discuss and study the Handbook and explore the dialectic methodology.
“It is pivotal to get full understanding and realisation of whatever subjects one learns through analysis and reasoning. The aim of introducing dialectic is to emphasise the importance of learning for enhancing intellect and wisdom,” Geshe Lobsang Gyatso, the key person in the content creation of the Handbook.
The ceremony was attended by Tsering Samdup, Head of Education Council, Palden Dhondup, Director of Tibetan Reception Centre, Geshe Lobsang Gyatso, key editor of the Handbook, and over 27 Philosophy and Science teachers from more than 11 Tibetan Schools.
The Handbook on Middle School Science Subject Teaching Through Dialectic’ has specifically been reviewed by the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and was revised according to the recommendations offered by His Holiness’ office.