NEW YORK: Representative Ngodup Tsering, Office of Tibet, Washington DC inaugurated the 22nd-anniversary celebration of Weekend Tibetan School of New York and New Jersey on 9 June.
Addressing the ceremony, Representative said, “After my appointment as Representative, I received an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, during which he particularly stressed the importance of preserving Tibetan language and identity. Each of us, as a parent, teacher and responsible member of the community has the responsibility to uphold our identity. I urge the parents to encourage their children to converse in Tibetan at home.
“Inside Tibet, fellow Tibetans are fighting to preserve our language. Tashi Wangchuk was recently imprisoned for 5 years for advocating language rights. Those of us in exile must realise their sacrifice and consolidate our efforts to preserve our rich language, culture, and the values”.
Representative further spoke about three unforgettable values that Tibetans should uphold. First to uphold one’s identity as a Tibetan, to remember the kindness and gratitude of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and to remember the significance of Central Tibetan Administration”.
In an attempt to preserve and pass the Tibetan language and culture to future generation, the Tibetan community in New York and New Jersey founded a Sunday Tibetan language school in 1996. The school now has over 300 students, 33 teachers and 4 volunteers. A Buddhist introductory class is also being introduced.
“Until three years ago, the school didn’t have a permanent address and moved around like nomads holding classes wherever they could find a school facility across the boroughs of Queens or Manhattan. But in 2014, the school found a permanent address in P.S. 199 Maurice A. Fitzgerald at 39-20 48 Avenue, Long Island City, a seven-minute walk from 40th St. Lowery station on the no. 7 train,” the website of Tibetan community of NY & NJ said.
The anniversary event was organised by NY and NJ Tibetan School Administration and Parents Committee.
On 10 June, Representative visited the Tibetan community hall which is under construction. President of Tibetan Association, Norbu explained the ongoing construction to Representative.
In July, the Office of Tibet, DC is organising a workshop for Weekend school teachers.