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TCV celebrates 47th founding anniversary

October 25, 2007

TibetNet
24 October 2007

Dharamshala: The Tibetan Children's Village (TCV) celebrated its 47th
founding anniversary yesterday with display of colourful events.
Thousands of people from all walks of life converged at the festive
occasion.

"This year's anniversary is dedicated to the conferment of the US
Congressional Gold Medal to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 17 October
and umpteenth honor bestowed for his endeavor in peace initiatives,"
said Mr Tsewang Yeshi, the president of TCV.

"The school, with a humble beginning on 17 May 1960 as a nursery
school with little more 51 children, has today become a thriving,
integrated educational community for destitute Tibetan children in
exile, as well as for hundreds of those escaping from Tibet in recent
years," he said.

He said, the school pays tribute to His Holiness the Dalai Lama for
his constant blessings and the unwavering support by the Government of
India, generous donors, both past and present staff members during the
difficult phase of history.

He said, the school has given education to a total of 49376 students
since its inception and presently some 16, 178 children are under its
care.

While addressing on the occasion, chief guest Kalon Tsering Dhondup
lauded the school administration for providing education for the
Tibetan children in exile for the last 40 years, as one of the
greatest achievement.

He lauded the school's initiative in introducing new curricula of
using Tibetan language as a medium of instruction at the primary
school level and urged the school administration to introduce the
basic education policy implemented by schools during the Department of
Education.

He urged the students to undertake research studies in various
specialised fields and appealed to the parents to take more
responsibility to inculcate moral and ethical values.

He expressed sincere gratitude to all the organisation and individual
donors for extending support for the education of Tibetan children and
urged the Tibetan rich families and ex-student groups to provide
financial aid for their education.

Mr Pema Jungney, member of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, urged the
students to excel in traditional and modern education to achieve the
purpose of maintaining our national identity.

He lauded the school administration in providing education to children
of poor and destitute family in exile community, and particularly to
thousands of children from Tibet who don't have the opportunity to
study in Tibet.

He strongly expressed concern over the consumption of substances
capable of intoxication in Tibetan schools these days and urged the
school administration to implement stringent regulations to help
eradicate the evil from spreading.

Cultural performance and calisthenics display by students were the
morning sessionïž’s attractions, followed by an opera performance
"Choegyal Norsang" by the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts.

Later in the evening, the representatives of the different TCV schools
met in a battle of words in the inter TCV Tibetan debate competition.

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