Geneva: CTA President, Dr. Lobsang Sangay spoke to a gathering of around 200 Tibetans living in Switzerland at the Paroisse Eaux-Vives Place de jorgaonnant in Geneva on 3 November.
President Dr. Lobsang Sangay spoke on CTA’s Five-Fifty Vision, Tibet’s future and strengthening the Tibetan freedom movement. President Sangay then went on to stress the importance of Tibetan identity, culture, religion and language as the central core for a sustainable and strong Tibetan movement.
He said, “As a Tibetan, it is important to remember to integrate but not to assimilate.” He commended the Swiss and Liechtenstein Tibetan Sunday schools that are successfully teaching young Tibetans their native language, songs and dances, etc. President Sangay continued, “I think it is plausible and therefore encourage events such as Tibetan language essay competitions to emphasize the study of Tibetan language.”
“It is very important to inspire and encourage young Tibetans to study Tibetan language and culture and to use these in their daily lives.”
President Sangay commented on the importance of community and said: “Tibetans based abroad need to have a community wherein they can celebrate Tibetan festivities and observe significant events such as Tibetan Losar, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s birthday and Tibetan National Uprising Day together.”
He briefed the crowd on the CTA’s ongoing Thank You Events celebrated in countries hosting Tibetans. The events he said, has adhered to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s advice on keeping old friends intact and making new friends along the way. It has been successful and impactful as expected.
He further cited guests and dignitaries applauding these events as showing the polite and humble culture of the Tibetan people in general. These guests promised even stronger support for the Tibetan people in the future.
President Sangay concluded his remarks with a brief deliberation on the ongoing projects and activities of the Central Tibetan Administration. He reassured them that the administration is healthy and running smoothly both financially and in administration. The talk was followed by questions and answer session.
-Filed by Tenzin Dechen, Communication Officer, Sikyong Office