Education Council and Advisory Committee Hold Its 6th Annual Meeting

Education Kalon releases the ‘Senior Secondary School Curriculum’ at the 6th annual meeting of Education Council and Advisory Committee. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

DHARAMSHALA: The Education Council and Advisory Committee of Central Tibetan Administration held its 6th meeting today at Kashag Secretariat hall.

The meeting was presided by Chief guest, Kalon Karma Gelek Yuthok, Department of Education, Education Secretary Karma Singhe and Chairman, Education Council and Director of Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Geshe Lhakdor, Education Council.

In attendance were Director of Sambhota, Namgyal Yarphel, Director of Tibetan Children’s Village, Sonam Sichoe, Additional Secretary Tsering Samdup, Education Council, Head of Academic and Traditional Education, Tenzin Dorjee, Education officer at Tibetan Homes School, Mussoorie, Passang Dhondup, Teaching faculty at Central University of Tibetan Studies and Sarah College of Higher Tibetan Studies, Ven Lhakpa Tsering and Sonam Gyaltsen, Education Officer at Snowland Foundation, Tenzin Rabgyal and Education officers of Department of Education.

In his inaugural remarks, Chief guest Kalon Karma Gelek Yuthok offered important recommendations on each of the resolution of the meeting.

He spoke about the founding principles of the Education Council and the nature of the council as a ‘statutory body’ functioning independently, and not as a section of the Department of Education.

Education Kalon delivering the inaugural remarks of the 6th education council and advisory committee meeting, 6 March 2018. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

He further offered insightful guidance on the various important activities of the two bodies. He particularly stressed on initiatives for asserting sound understanding of Secular ethics.

The agenda for the two-day meeting include reviewing the resolutions of the 5th meeting, discussion on curriculum of primary and secondary schools, discussion on secular ethics in school curriculum, Montessori education and other discussions.

The education council and advisory committee is composed of the director of Education Council, traditional and modern academic section head of Department of Education, director of Sambhota schools, education director of TCV and former principal of CST Mundgod, education officer of Tibetan Homes School, education officer of Snow Lion Foundation and Nepal Gangchen Schools. The education council and advisory committee are the chief decision-maker in the education system of Tibetan schools in exile.

Additional Secretary, Tsering Samdup delivering the introductory remarks at the 6th meeting of Education Council and Advisory Committee, 6 March 2018. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

Members of the 6th Education Council and Advisory Committee with Education Kalon Karma Gelek Yuthok, Education Secretary Karma Singhe and Chairman of Education Council, Geshe Lhakdor, 6 March 2018.