Dharamshala: The first Secular Ethics workshop for Tibetan Pre-Primary school teachers has been organised by the Department of Education at TCV School Ladakh from 26 – 29 June 2019.
Twenty-eight participants including the Principal and Philosophy teacher of TCV School Ladakh, 17 Pre-primary teachers from TCV Main Infant section, 6 Pre-primary teachers from Jangthang schools and one teacher from Ladakh Public school and observers have participated in the four-day workshop.
The workshop has been facilitated by a team including Geshe Yeshi Gyaltsen (DoE Mentor on Secular Ethics), Tsering Norbu (Translator at Library of Tibetan Works & Archives) and Tenzin Pema (Concerned officer at DoE).
The inaugural ceremony was presided over by both the Director and Principal of TCV School Ladakh. Joint Secretary Tenzin Pema gave an introductory speech followed by the inaugural address by the School Principal.
In the following days, the facilitators covered a range of topics on Secular Ethics including the significance of teaching Secular Ethics, qualities of teachers, SEE Learning of Emory University, Kindness, and Happiness, creating a compassionate classroom, building resilience, ethical values: training the mind and practices in daily life, mindfulness, aim of giving education as per the Basic Education Policy for Tibetans in exile.
The closing ceremony began with a brief remark on the workshop by Mrs. Tenzin Pema, followed by words from the participants. The ceremony has been graced by Mr. Dhondup Tashi (Member of Parliament, TPiE) as the Chief Guest, who offered traditional khata to trainers and addressed the valedictory speech.
The four-day workshop ended with the vote of thanks by Mrs. Pema Dolma, head of TCV Ladakh Infant Section. Everyone including the Chief Guest at the closing ceremony, Director and Principal of the
school, participants unanimously expressed that the four-day workshop was very effective and beneficial to all the participants.
The workshop has been generously funded by Vimala Association.
-Filed by the Department of Education