Dharamsala: Chief Guest President Dr Lobsang Sangay, Central Tibetan Administration addressed a dinner gathering hosted by Sambhota Head Office to mark the successful conclusion of a weeklong Capacity Building Workshop.
The workshop was organised for Sambhota School Heads and Accountants at the Tibetan Administrative Training Centre from 24 to 29 September.
During his talk, President Dr Sangay shared with the participants the lengthy process and challenges faced during the transition of the schools previously under Central Tibetan Schools Administration (CTSA) to Sambhota Tibetan School Society (STSS).
“The basic aim of taking over the schools from CTSA to STSS is to provide a holistic and quality education to the students hence it is a great challenge for us to produce quality results,” he said.
He added that Kashag’s top priority has been Education and therefore all necessary support will be provided to transform the schools and improve the standard of education in the schools.
“To achieve that, principals and headmasters play a pivotal role and therefore must lead by example. The priority at the moment is to focus on Class X and XII students and make sure that they perform well in the board exams.”
He assured that the CBSE board exam results of the recently handed over 5 secondary and 3 senior-secondary schools will have a great impact on the process of the fourth phase of school transfer.
As of now, CTSA has handed over 55 schools to STSS in three phases from 2013 to 2018. There are still 6 more schools which are yet to be transferred and the tentative schedule is for the year 2021.
President Dr Sangay also stressed the five stakeholders in improving the overall Tibetan education standard. The five are CTA, school heads, teachers, parents and students; all five must work cohesively to improve the education standard of the school.
Further, Dr Sangay reiterated that school heads and teachers play a very important role in the lives of the students. They can either inspire them to become good and capable human being or have a very negative impact that will have an adverse impact on their life and society.
He said school heads need to set an example for all and must lead a life of honesty and integrity. They also need to be pro-active and keep a constant vigil on what is happening in the schools. School heads should also be able to guide the teachers in the field of education and be an instructional leader.
CTA President was also accompanied by Education Secretary Karma Singhe.
After taking over 8 schools from CTSA by STSS in May this year, a need was felt to give an intensive workshop to the new school heads and the accountants in school administration.
In keeping with that view, the six days Capacity Building Workshop for STSS School Heads and Accountants was inaugurated on 24 September by Education Kalon Dr Pema Yangchen.
A total of 31 accountants and 19 school heads are attending the workshop. The workshop for the school heads deliberated on key topics such as School Administration and its key components, Three key learning for an effective School Leadership, Re-imagining school leadership, Instructional Leadership, Teacher Professional Development and Observation Cycle, Secular Ethics and CTSA Related Matters.
Topics including Annual Budget Proposal, Tally, Receipt and Pay/ Income- Expenditure, Income Tax, Audit Reporting and CTSA related Matters were discussed in the Accountants section.
The closing ceremony will be chaired by Education Secretary Karma Singhe on 29 September.
The workshop is funded by USAID & Tibet Fund through SARD.
-Filed by Head Office, Sambhota Tibetan Schools Society