1. What are the Department of Education’s primary objectives? 2. When was the Department of Education set up? 3. What does tcewf stand for? 4. Is the Department of Education a registered organization? 5. What are the DoE’s organizational functions? 6. What are the DoE’s activities? 7. How does the DoE’s sponsorship program work? 8. How can one help a child or a group of a child? 9. Can I directly contact my sponsored child? 10. How can I send contributions to the Department in cash or kind? 11. How does the DoE’s scholarship program work? 12. What publications do the DoE have? 13. What are the primary objectives of the DoE’s publications? 14. How can I receive or subscribe to the DoE’s publications? 15. What is the literacy rate of Tibetans in exile? 16. Does Tibetan schools have their syllabus for children? 17. How are Tibetan culture and identity transmitted to the children in Tibetan schools? 18. How can I contribute towards Tibetan education in the Tibetan 19. community in exile? 19. How can I find a Tibetan school in India, Nepal or Bhutan? 20. How many Tibetan schools are there in exile? 21. Can I teach in a Tibetan school as a Volunteer while bearing all expenses? 22. How can I contact the DoE? 23. How can I contact the developers of this site? 24. If I wish to offer an accessible server hosting facility as a gift for this site, who should I contact? 25. If I wish to provide my web designing expertise for free, who should I contact?
What are the Department of Education’s primary objectives?
- To oversee the educational needs and welfare of the Tibetan children in exile.
- To provide primary education for every Tibetan refugee child to achieve 100% literacy among the Tibetan refugee community.
- To inculcate values of personal integrity and universal responsibility.
- To develop modern scientific and technical education and skills while preserving and promoting the Tibetan language and culture.
- To address human resource requirements of the Tibetan community in exile and a future free Tibet.
When was the Department of Education set up? The Department of Education was incepted in the year 1960.
What does tcewf stand for?TCEWF stands for Tibetan Children’s Educational and Welfare Fund, the registered Society of the Department of Education.
Is the Department of Education a registered organization?
Yes, as the Tibetan Children’s Educational and Welfare Fund (tcewf) and under the following:
- The Society’s registration act of 1860.
- The Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act.
- The certificate of Importer-Exporter.
Our bankers are:
- United Commercial Bank (UCO)
- State Bank of India (SBI)
What are the DoE’s organizational functions? To provide our young people with adequate care, appropriate educational foundation and opportunity for higher study, the DOE continually assesses our communities’ educational and human resource requirements in exile. According to these needs, the DOE performs a wide variety of functions. Such functions include but are not limited to the following:
- We are providing administrative guidance in overseeing schools.
- I am coordinating Sponsorship and Scholarship programs for higher studies.
- Creating new schools, teacher training centres and institutions while improving existing ones.
- We are recruiting teachers and arranging in-service training for them.
- I am running an employment and placement bureau.
- Continual research, planning and development.
- We are reviewing and supplying textbooks and other required resource materials.
- We are providing the necessary buildings and constructions.
- I am raising and appropriating funds.
What are the DoE’s activities? Sponsorship Program:
The Department of Education firmly believes that every Tibetan child living in exile should be allowed to receive a school education. Although each family is encouraged to pay required school fees, many cannot afford their child’s education due to various hardships. Our community contributes where it can and the Government of India provides generous assistance through subsidies. Still, some families cannot secure an education for their children without additional support. Therefore, the DOE facilitates finding sponsors for them.
Of the youth that graduates from our schools every year, approximately one-third are provided with scholarships for higher education and vocational courses. We aspire to help give all students a chance to pursue advanced study while assisting them in gaining the necessary human resource skills required by exiled communities and in Tibet when we return.
Educational Research, Planning & Development: Tibetan exile education is a continual process of developing new ways and systems to express and promote our social, cultural and national identity while meeting the challenges of the time. While great strides have been made in providing a school education for every Tibetan refugee child, we aspire to expand existing programs and create new ones in areas of need, such as career planning, adult education, vocational training, and job placement. To continually assess school and community needs, the DOE conducts relevant research as the basis of its planning, curriculum and human resource development. The following are DOE projects aiming to broaden and enhance the scope, effectiveness and relevancy of Tibetan education.1. Tibetan National Education Policy Development,2. Human Resource Development,3. Teacher Training Development,4. Educational Infrastructure,5. Buildings & Construction & Resource Development.
How does the DoE’s sponsorship program work? Sponsorship Program: The Department of Education firmly believes that every Tibetan child living in exile should be allowed to receive a school education. Although each family is encouraged to pay required school fees, many cannot afford their child’s education due to various hardships. Our community contributes where it can and the Government of India provides generous assistance through subsidies. Still, some families cannot secure an education for their children without additional support. Therefore, the DOE facilitates finding sponsors for them.
In 1975, the Sponsorship Program was established to enable sympathetic individuals and agencies to assist our school-aged children in attaining an education. With this support, the Tibetan education movement has continued progressing with each passing year, for which we are deeply grateful.
Selection: In settlements throughout India, Nepal and Bhutan, the most needy children are selected on the recommendation of the local Tibetan Settlement Office, which is in daily contact with the local community and is responsible for their general welfare. Proposals, background details and photos of the child are screened for authenticity and sent to prospective sponsors.
Provisions Sponsorship enables poor children to attend a residential school or a day school while awaiting a vacancy in a residential school. Not only do sponsorship funds pay school fees, but it also provides the child with adequate food, clothing, school uniform, necessary books and stationery.
How can one help a child or a group of children? The sponsorship selections of children are generally made based on recommendations put forth by the Settlement Officers and Regional Tibetan Freedom Movement Offices. However, genuine cases will remain on the waiting list until the sponsor for a child is found. Your wish to sponsor a child will thus be drawn from this waiting list, although you will be initially sent a case history of children on this list.
Can I directly contact my sponsored child? Not under our present guidelines. This is primarily to avoid unwanted administrative problems and pressure on our sponsors. Do contact us at [email protected] for more details. Please check us out at our sponsorships page for more information.
How can I send contributions, in cash or kind, to the Department? Yes, we welcome all contributions, whether in money or style. We will send an official receipt as promptly as possible and send an implementation report if you desire. Our Bankers are:
- United Commercial Bank, Dharamsala, India
- State Bank of India, Dharamsala, India
Also, please check us out at the sponsorships page.
How does the DoE’s scholarship program work? All scholarships offered through DoE are granted after two committees’ consideration, verification and collective decisions. First, the DoE Scholarship Committee, chaired by the Education Secretary and comprised of seven other responsible staff members of DoE, handles scholarship awards for studies within India. Second, the High-Level Scholarship Committee(HLSC), chaired by the Senior Kalon (representative of the Cabinet) and comprised of the Education Minister, the Education Secretary and five other Department secretaries, deals with scholarship awards for studies abroad. The previous community service and excellent academic background of an applicant are frequently the standards for consideration by both Committees.
What publications do the DoE have? Please click here for more detail.
What are the primary objectives of the DoE’s publications? The DoE publications are primarily meant to provide informative, illustrative textbooks, storybooks, resource books, dictionaries, magazines etc., to meet the ever-increasing high demand for quality publications for Tibetan schools.
How can I receive or subscribe to the DoE’s publications? Contact us at: Secretary, Department of Education, Central Tibetan Administration, Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamsala – 176215
Email: [email protected]
What is the literacy rate of Tibetans in exile? About 82.4 % per the 2009 Demographic Survey of Tibetans in Exile by the Central Tibetan Administration Planning Commission.
Do Tibetan schools have their syllabus for children? The Tibetan schools have their entire Tibetan language Textbook for all grades developed and printed by the Department. In addition, non-language textbooks are designed and published for up to class V by the Department and its affiliate bodies. For Grades VI onwards, the syllabus prescribed by the NCERT for all Indian schools is followed in Tibetan schools based in India, while the host nations syllabus is followed in Nepal and Bhutan.
How are Tibetan culture and identity transmitted in Tibetan schools? Transiting our rich culture to the younger generation is one of the most important aims of schooling in exile. As such, the most critical co-curricular activity is the Tibetan cultural activities. Most of the schools have one or more Tibetan dance and drama teachers. All the residential schools have artistic instructors. Inter House and Inter school competitions in Tibetan cultural activities are often the highlights of many school calendars. Some of the activities encouraged in Tibetan schools:
- Special talks on religion and other festivals of Tibet.
- Performance of folk items on essential occasions.
- Debates and quizzes on various aspects of Tibet and Tibetan culture.
- Cultural exhibitions.
- Cultural exchange programs between different schools.
- Tibetan dance and drama competitions.
- Tibet: our Country Project.
- Observance of all traditional Tibetan festivals.
Over the above, the Department has introduced Tibetan as a medium of instruction in all the primary schools and Tibetan textbooks in all these grades.
How can I contribute towards Tibetan education in the Tibetan community in exile?
- Through contributions to our various funds.
- Through contribution in kind, which could include new or used clothing, computer items, toys and books (preferably new). Please send us a mail for more information before you decide to send us anything, primarily for queries on customs clearance and postage and handling expenses.
- Through voluntary service of extended periods (minimum one year) on numerous projects under various fields, preferably in technical areas like computers and publishing work (especially at the Department).
We also require voluntarily trained teachers for our schools but for a minimum period of one academic year. Please refer to point # 23 also.
How can I find a Tibetan school in India, Nepal or Bhutan? Please check us out at The school’s section for more details.
How many Tibetan schools are there in exile?80 Tibetan schools in India, Nepal and Bhutan. Please check us out at The school’s section for more details.
Can I teach in a Tibetan school as a Volunteer while bearing all expenses? Usually, not for short durations due to administrative difficulties. However, we consider volunteer applicants for teaching English, Science, Math, Computers etc., provided they fulfil the following conditions:
- I will agree to volunteer for a minimum period of one academic year, from 1st July to 30th June. (they will get two months to break viz.; January and February for schools in higher regions and May and June for lower areas.)
- They will bear their own boarding and lodging expenses though some residential schools could provide these for free.
How can I contact the Department? You can call us or email us: Tel: 91-01892-22721/22572
Email: [email protected]
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