By Lobsang Tenchoe
DHARAMSALA, Oct 23: The children of Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) School were in high spirits as the three-day celebration of its 57th founding anniversary kick-started today at the school football ground with festival processions and cultural performances.
The founding anniversary was attended by among others, the President of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) Sikyong Lobsang Sangay as the Chief Guest, the Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in-exile, Khenpo Sonam Tenphel as the Guest of Honour along with 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 1992 batch.
The 57th anniversary celebration of TCV was themed on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s universal message ‘Secular Ethics’. The President of CTA, Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, in his address, applauded the tireless work of the staff and the teachers of the school and further urged them to impart the importance of unity among Tibetans to the students rather than indulging in politics and influencing students.
Cultural performances and calisthenics 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 1992 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 the South India with over 15,000 children under its care.