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Education Department Hosts Exchange Programme with Canadian University

November 6, 2009

Report filed by Department of Education
Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
November 5, 2009

Dharamsala -- An agreement on exchange programme
was signed in March this year between the Simon
Fraser University, Canada and the Department of
Education of the Central Tibetan Administration
(CTA). A batch of 16 student teachers from the
Faculty of Education, SFU, accompanied by two
faculty associates visited Dharamsala last month
to undergo six-week semester programme.

The visiting student teachers and Tibetan school
teachers in Dharamsala participated in teaching
observation and practice at Sambhota Tibetan
Schools Society at Chauntra, Mevon Tsuglag Peton
School and Sherab Gatsel School.

Two short training cum seminars on teaching
methodologies were held for the visiting student
teachers and participating school teachers at the
College of Higher Tibetan Studies at Sarah near here.

The Canadian faculty associates, Ms. Mati and Mr.
James O’Rourke, led the training. The directors
of the Library of Tibetan Works & Archives and
Sambhota Tibetan Schools Society were also
invited as resource persons during the short trainings at Sarah.

During the above exchange programme, the Canadian
student teachers visited CTA offices, Tibetan
Institute of Performing Arts, Library of Tibetan
Works & Archives, Tibetan Medical & Astro Institute and Norbulingka Institute.

At the end of the programme, the Department of
Education hosted a dinner to the visiting guests
from SFU. Mr. Ngodup Dorjee, Additional Secretary
of DOE, spoke on the occasion.

SFU's Faculty Members Visit Education Department

Programme Coordinator James O'Rourke and faculty
associate Mati, from the Faculty of Education,
Simon Fraser University in British Columbia,
Canada, visited the Department of Education
(DOE), CTA on 3 November 2009 and held a meeting
attended by Additional Secretary Ngodup Dorjee,
Additional Secretary Tashi N. Rikha, Joint
Secretary Tashi Dhondup, Education Officers
Tsering Phuntsok and Tsering Samdup.

The officials exchanged experiences on the
teacher training programme, courses of studies
and system of certification prevalent in Canada
and India, especially in the Tibetan community in exile among others.

The visiting faculty members and DOE officials
also discussed other matters relating to
strengthening the SFU teacher training cum
exchange programme in Dharamsala in collaboration
with the Department of Education.
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