Danish Support to Education for Tibetans in Exile

Mr. Leo H. Knudsen, Chairman of (CICED) and senior consultant for the BEP Projects funded by Danish People is on a short visit to Dharamsala from 6-15 March 2017 to carry out individual and group meetings with the DoE officials and to monitor various ongoing BEP projects in India. He met with the Education Kalon, Secretaries and section heads of the Department and discussed about the projects and its impact in Tibetan society in the long run.

The first phase of the project was started in 2006-2010 for four years and then it continued for 2nd phase (2010-2014) & 3rd Phase (2014-2018). The ongoing 3rd phase of the project is going to be completed in March 2018.

The Department of Education (DoE), Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) has implemented number of programs under the financial support from Denmark viz. In-Service & Pre-Service Teachers Trainings, Dialectic Meets, BEP Curriculum & Teaching Learning Materials, School Building Renovation, Reading Materials, Terminology Standardization, CTE Bhuntar teacher training, Support to vulenerable Tibetan schools, Scholarship for undergraduate students, CET and AIMPT Coaching program, use of technology in teaching-learning process & school management, DoE Database Project etc.

Denmark will be asked to continue to support the DoE educational development program for 4th Phase since Mr. Leo believes in the objectives of BEP as he quotes “the main objective of the Basic Education Policy is developing a system of education having Tibetan traditional education as the core, and modern education as its essential co-partner”. The Secretary, Ms. Nangsa Chodon, while thanking Mr. Leo and people of Denmark said that “funding for various educational projects have been very beneficial to meet departmental goal and we are very grateful”. The Acting Secretary Mr. Karma Singey, while thanking Mr.Leo said that “Education being the top priority of CTA, your support will certainly help our children to become future leaders, therefore DoE is looking forward for your continued support”.

Picture description L-R: Karma Singey, Leo Knudsen, Nangsa Chodon, Ngawang Yonten, Tenzin Dorjee & Tenzin Gelek

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