DHARAMSHALA: Kalon Karma Gelek Yuthok, Department of Education, CTA inaugurated the sixth Leadership workshop for Tibetan school captains at the Administrative training and Welfare society, Dharamshala on 2 April.
A total of 36 student captains and teachers from 18 Tibetan schools in India and Nepal are participating in the six-day workshop.
The chief guest, Kalon Karma Gelek Yuthok said, “Speaking exclusively from a Tibetan perspective, I think the foundation to being a good leader is to, first be a good person and second, a good citizen of Tibet”.
“In Tibet, many years ago, we didn’t have schools, institutions for any sort of training, infrastructure or any kind of innovation that we see today, but the Tibetan people had an extraordinary quality that the world was lacking; a culture of strong moral consciousness and value system. Today, we have embraced all kinds of physical developments but ignored our value system,” he said.
There are two key important reality that each one of us needs to acknowledge and act upon, he noted.
“One is that there exists a huge gap between the vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the present situation of the Tibetan people. Today His Holiness is not only a Tibetan spiritual leader, he is a pre-eminent world leader with millions and millions of people across the world, who are following his teachings. With that realisation, we as Tibetan Buddhists, being the very immediate follower of His Holiness, should be able to be a leader among the millions followers”.
While encouraging the students to broaden their vision, Kalon advised them to pay heed to His Holiness’ advice and act towards fulfilling his aspirations.
“It is always rewarding to think for the benefit of society and the greater cause. Muster confidence, the right attitude and employ your knowledge and skills to benefit your society,” Kalon said. He added that this would be his last public appearance as Education kalon and a new Kalon would be sworn-in on 3 April.
Through a series of activities and breakout groups, the student captains will explore how to assess leadership styles, gain competencies, learn public speaking and interact with leaders from the Tibetan community, including CTA President Dr Lobsang Sangay, Speaker of Tibetan Parliament to name a few.
The six-day leadership workshop will focus on topics ranging from conflict management to school leadership projects to management of bullying and corporal punishment. They will also discuss on Tibetan identity and value education with Geshe Lhakdor, creating a climate for effective communication and innovation.
“You are the 36 chosen ones to represent over 22,000 children so you have a huge role to play and huge opportunity learn leadership skills. I want you to do this very seriously,” said Sanjay Upendrum, CEO, Amathi Consulting Ltd, the resource person. “Be curious, engage, open up and talk and learn. Once you have learned and practiced here, teach the skills and knowledge to thousands of students back in your respective schools”.
Tenzin Chonden, Career Counselor delivered the vote of thanks.
The workshop is being funded by SOIR-IM.