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Dalai Lama to attend TCV's founding anniversary celebration

October 22, 2008

By Phurbu Thinley
Phayul
October 21, 2008

Dharamsala, Oct 21 -- Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama will
attend the inaugural ceremony of the Tibetan Children's Village's
founding anniversary function on coming Saturday, the educational
community's office said today.

The opening function of the 48th founding anniversary celebration of
Tibetan Children's Village will be marked by the arrival of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama to the school campus in the morning on
October 25, Village director Phuntsok Namgyal told Phayul over the phone.

The anniversary celebration, which is normally held on October 23,
has been delayed by two days this year to tune with Dalai Lama's
changing schedule, Namgyal said.

This would be His Holiness' first public appearance in Dharamsala,
which serves as the base for the Tibet's Government-in-exile, after
returning yesterday from Delhi, where he underwent a surgery to
remove gall stones.

TCV's founding anniversary day is a huge celebration event. The
day-long celebration includes children showcasing colourful cultural
programs, fascinating callisthenic display formations and an
impressive performance by the school band. There will also be
traditional Tibetan song and dance performances by individual and
group artists.

The actual event usually lasts for three days, with annual
inter-house games and sports competition on the second day, and
enjoys large public spectators.

Senior leaders and officials from the Tibetan Government-in-exile and
representatives from the Indian Government offices will also make
their presence during the celebratory event.

Headquartered here in the Northern Indian town of Dharamsala, TCV is
the largest residential school of the exiled Tibetan community and
also one of the largest of its kind in India.

TCV was founded in 1960 as a nursery school with over 51 Tibetan
refugee children. The foundation has now become a thriving,
integrated educational community for destitute Tibetan children in
exile, as well as for hundreds of those escaping from Tibet in each
passing year.

It has established branches in India extending from Ladakh in the
North to Bylakuppe in the South. The educational foundation claims it
has over 15,000 children under its care each year and has given
education to over 50,000 students till date.

Every year the school invites its alumni for the anniversary. This
year, it has invited its 1983 (Class-X) batch to join the celebration.
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