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Fifth Teacher Training on Basic Education Policy Concludes

January 9, 2009

TibetNet
Thursday, 8 January 2008
 
Dharamshala: The Department of Education of the Central Tibetan Administration conducted the fifth teacher training on the Basic Education Policy at the College of Higher Tibetan Studies near Dharamshala from 23 December – 3 January.
 
The training was attended by around forty primary teachers from the Tibetan Children's Village schools and Tibetan Homes Foundation, Mussoorie.
 
In the workshop, participants were given courses related to the basic education policy including introduction to Buddhism, traditional education, non-violence, teaching methodology on Tibetan language and handwritings, child health and physical education.
 
On the closing function, Kalon Thubten Lungrig, kalon for the Department of Education presented certificates to the participants.
 
After reviewing the state of Tibetan education in exile, the education department formulated the basic education policy, which was approved by the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile in September 2004.
 
The basic education policy serves the actual needs of the exile Tibetans in preserving the traditional Tibetan values and culture and may also serve as a basis for the education policy of future Tibet.
 
Under this policy, from the pre-primary level and up to class III, no other language besides Tibetan shall be taught and the teaching of second and third languages shall be started from class four and class six respectively.
 
Besides Mevon Tsugla Peton School, a model school, which undertakes full implementation of the BEP, some 12 other schools of the Sambhota Tibetan Schools Society, an autonomous body funded by the Education Department, has already introduced this policy at pre-primary and primary stages.
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