Antwerp, Belgium: The school administration of Sherab Nangjey, the Tibetan Community Sunday School, celebrated its 6th Founding Day on 9 June at Antwerp. Besides usual ceremony and cultural dances the school introduced two new items: elocution and quiz in Tibetan.
In the elocution, the participants spoke about the three houses of the school, namely Songten, Trisong and Triral. In the quiz, which was done digitally, three participants from each house were asked 30 questions on Tibetan history, culture and language. The winner was declared instantly. The winner team was Songtsen house scoring over 80 percent.
Earlier in the formal ceremony, after the portrait of His Holiness the Dalai Lama was enthroned, certificates and presents were awarded to the meritorious students of the school. It was followed by speeches by School Principal and Tibetan Community President. The annual accounts of the school were read.
Representative Tashi Phuntsok, in his keynote address, lauded all concerned for their hard work. He appreciated the new items that were introduced for the celebration. He cajoled parents for their patience in order to encourage their children to attend the Sunday School. He enumerated the advantages of learning Tibetan from different perspectives- learning as a language, learning it as a tool to learn scriptures correctly, and at a higher level, as repeatedly pointed out by His Holiness, to understand authentic Buddhism.
Scores of guests were present, representing Buddhist centers, Tibetan and international associations, donors and well-wishers. Hundreds of parents and children too were rapturous at the cultural dances that followed the dinner.
-Filed by Office of Tibet, Brussels