DHARAMSALA, Aug 12: The first conference of Tibetan school children’s parents stressing on significance of parents involvement in the upbringing and education of Tibetan children is being held at Lower TCV School, Dharamsala.
Around 250 parents from 43 Tibetan settlements across India are participating in the three-day conference that began yesterday.
Addressing the gathering, the elected political head of the Tibetan people, Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay stressed on the importance of active involvement of the parents in educating the minds of the Tibetan youth and also noted that Tibetan students have a special responsibility to put in extra effort in their studies considering the shortage of human resource face by the Tibetan administration and the overall situation of the Tibetans.
“For an overall growth of children, parents must compliment to the efforts put forward by the teachers and the children themselves. Parents should act as role models for their children,” Tibetan administration’s official website, Tibet.net quoted Sikyong Sangay as saying.
Stating the current administration led by him has recognized education a s a priority, Sikyong Sangay spoke about the increase in the number of Tibetan students receiving scholarships from the Department of Education of the Central Tibetan Administration as well as the increase in the amount spent by DOE on scholarships.
“The present Kashag has spent Rs 400 lakhs for scholarships in the last year alone as compared to Rs. 90 lakhs ten years ago. This year, scholarship amounts are reportedly even higher than 400 Lacs.
A decade ago, 135 Tibetan students have received Sherig scholarships. It has now increased to 600 awardees this year,” he said.
Highlighting progress in academic performance of the Tibetan students in Class XII Board exams, Mr Ngodup Tsering, Kalon for Department of Education said: “218 Tibetan students in 2011 have scored more than 75%, which later increased to 283 in 2013, and 321 in 2014. 443 Tibetan students scored above 75% this year, which shows 250% increase within these four years. The current graph is good but we still have room for improvement.”
The conference is being organized by the Department of Education, CTA and is funded by Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (Canada).