Dharamshala: The Department of Education (DoE), Central Tibetan Administration, began its 18-month training course for aspiring teachers at the College for Higher Tibetan Studies (CHTS), Sarah, earlier this morning with a brief inauguration ceremony.
Additional Secretary Tenzin Dorjee from the education department, Principal of CHTS, Passang Tsering, and Deputy Secretary Ngodup Tenpa attended the ceremony, along with trainers and participants of the course. A total of 13 graduates from the Bengaluru-based Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education and College for Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarah, participated in the training.
During the event, Principal Passang Tsering delivered an opening remark by introducing the training curriculums. He said CHTS has held similar Training Courses several times in collaboration with the Department of Education, and many participants of these trainings are currently serving the Tibetan community in various institutions such as monasteries and schools. Given teachers’ crucial role in shaping a student’s life, he stressed that students’ interest in studying Tibetan language – which undergoes critical challenges inside Tibet – depends on teachers, hence imploring the participants to make the best of this training. The training module includes Tibetan dialectic, child psychology, teaching methods and approaches, and principles of the Central Tibetan Administration and the government of India’s education policies. He further urged teachers to build mutual trust with students to receive their admiration and respect.
Additional Secretary Tenzin Dorjee informed the gathering about the objectives of the teacher-centred methodology of the Basic Education Policy for Tibetans in Exile. He emphasised the importance of teachers’ exhibition of good conduct and education to be exemplary for students. Additionally, he emphasised morality, capability, cooperation, and application of technology in educating students as essential teaching factors. He also urged the participants to improve their Tibetan language standards and handwriting.
Before concluding the inaugural, Deputy Secretary Ngodup Tenpa from DoE underscored the employment of Tibetan dialectic practice during the teachings to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s vision of improving general students’ cognition.
-Report filed by Department of Education, CTA