Dharamshala: Kalon Ngodup Tsering, Department of Education, CTA launched a 40-volume Children’s book tiled the ‘Sontsa Children’s Book Series’ at Nyatri hall, Gangchen Kyishong on 7 August.
A path breaking initiative, the Sontsa Reading Series holds as the first complete Children’s literature in Tibetan language. The series has forty stories spread across four levels (Level 1, 2, 3 and 4) and based on five different themes (Festivals, Food, Animals, Relationships and Sports). Authored by editorial team of the Department of Education, each story is knit around children’s context and their everyday experiences.
“With the launch of the Sontsa Children’s Book Series, we have accomplished much in our efforts to enable children to develop reading habits in early years; to contribute to Tibetan Children’s literature and in the process, improve overall primary education in Tibetan schools,” Kalon Ngodup Tsering said at the launch.
The pattern of the 40-volume series is adapted from Barkhaa Series, NCERT. The series’ objective is to enable children to develop reading habits during the early years.
In the lead up to the launch of the Sontsa Series, the Education Department, particulary the Education Council had organised hundreds of intensive Early Grade Reading workshops across Tibetan schools in India, Nepal and Bhutan. Since 2014, over 496 teachers have been trained in Early Grade Reading (EGR) workshops, similar workshops were organised for parents in 19 Tibetan settlements across India. Multiple workshops for school librarians and children are underway, providing administration support and accessible reading materials for young children. A promising new initiative is the Reading Corner in Classrooms’ initiative, which supports early grade reading education by providing accessible reading materials in classrooms.
The 40-volume Sontsa Children’s Book Series will be distributed in all Tibetan schools and libraries in the following months.
The publication of the book was funded by USAID and Tibet Fund.