DHARAMSALA, 23 Oct: The children of Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) School were in high spirits as the three-day celebration of its 59th founding anniversary kick-started today at the school football ground with festival processions and cultural performances.
The founding anniversary was attended by among others, His Emminence the 34th Menri Trizin Lungtok Dawa Dhargyal Rinpoche as the Chief Guest, along with the President of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, the Deputy Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile(TPiE) , Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok, Cabinet members f the CTA and the members of the three pillars of the Tibetan democracy as well as members of Tibetan Parliament-in-exile, representatives of various NGOs, TCV 20 years’ service award recipients and TCV alumni class of 1994 batch.
TCV this year dedicated its anniversary to express its gratitude to His Holiness the Dalai Lama while the students formed the message of “Long Live His Holiness” during their calisthenics performance.
President Dr Lobsang Sangay and Deputy Speaker Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok delivered the official statement of the Kashag (Cabinet) and the TPiE respectively.
President Sangay, in his address, applauded the tireless work of the former and current staff and the teachers of TCV while he called on the students to make the best use of the opportunities and facilities so that they can serve the CTA and the Tibetan community in particular and to contribute and serve for the world peace and protection of the ecology at large.
The Deputy Speaker in his address highlighted the importance of providing requisite assistance and equal facilities to the staff and teachers of TCV and further urged the authorities of TCV to avoid any oversights in the student’s education and to embark on an education system that promotes real learning rather than a strict exam-oriented system.
Cultural performances and callisthenics display by children were presented during the event and awards were presented to the TCV staffs who have completed 20 years’ service, CBSE toppers and CTA’s Department of Education’s Best Boy and Best Girl.
The inter-house athletics meet will be held tomorrow on the second day of the anniversary, followed by TCV alumni of 1994 batch gathering on the third and final day of the anniversary.
Founded with just 51 children as a nursery in 1960, TCV has thrived to become the largest residential school for the destitute Tibetan children in exile. TCV now has its branch in Ladakh in North to Bylakuppee in South India with over 7,210 children under its ca