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2nd Inclusive Education Conference For Tibetan School Leaders Commences in Delhi

November 18, 2010

Tibet.Net
16 November 2010

New Delhi: The Department of Education of the Central Tibetan Administration is conducting the Second Inclusive Education Conference for school leaders in Delhi from 16 - 18 November.

The inaugural session was held at the conference hall of Central Tibetan Schools Administration (CTSA) in Delhi. 

A group of thirty-three heads of Tibetan schools are attending the conference to explore ways to involve all sections of schoolchildren, regardless of their individual characteristics or difficulties, in order to make the schools more supportive and inclusive to them. 
 
Education Officer Tsering Phuntsok said that the conference aims to give impetus to the inclusive practices in the Tibetan schools and expressed hope that the training would help school administrations in enhancing understanding on the issues and challenges to make schools supportive and inclusive to all sections of children. He said the education department is attaching great importance in making best efforts to educate students with special needs in regular schools together with other students, in accordance to the principles enshrined in the education policy. 
 
Ms Nicola Tansley from UK is the resource person who has rich experience on inclusive education and worked among the Tibetans to address the issue in Tibetan schools. Outlining the objectives of inclusive education, Ms Tansley said the system is not just about serving disabled children, but a holistic approach to make every child fully part of the whole by sharing their needs and listening to their ideas. The conference aims to identify barriers to learning and participation, and to develop understanding that overcoming barriers to inclusion improves schools for everyone, she added. 

It was emphasised that the teachers should be more sensitive to the children's feelings, which will help to mitigate discrimination. The participants were urged upon to actively deliberate to come up with a concrete action plan in strengthening inclusive education in Tibetan schools.

The participants will discuss issues for inclusion in Tibetan schools based on the finding from the department of education and other work. Sessions on brain and learning, bullying, disabled children, school improvement, infrastructure and systems are on the agenda. 
 
The participants from twenty-seven different Tibetan schools have been invited to participate in the workshop cum conference. These include Principals, Rectors, Headmasters/mistress and a Director from the Central Tibetan Schools Administration, Snow Lion Foundation, Nepal, TCV Majnu-ka-tilla, TNMF School Clementown and Ngoenga Special Needs School, Dehradun.

Shri S C Khuntia, Chairman/CTSA and Joint Secretary to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, will be the chief guest on the closing function on 18 November. CTSA Director Alok Verma, Education Officers A.S. Rawat, S.P. Rana and Kalsang Gonpo, Education Officer, Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, New Delhi will attend the closing programme. Department of Education, CTA officials Education Officer Tsering Phuntsok and Under-Secretary Kalsang Rinchen are coordinating and organising the whole programme.

The first inclusive education conference for school leaders was conducted in January 2010 for school leaders of Tibetan schools in the Northern India. 

(Report filed by Tsering Phuntsok, Education Officer, DOE)
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