DHARAMSHALA: The Department of Education, CTA has brought together over 263 tenth graders from more than 25 Tibetan schools to hone their leadership skills.
The eight-day Leadership workshop was inaugurated today at Lower TCV School in the presence of President Dr Lobsang Sangay and Kalon Ngodup Tsering, Department of Education, CTA.
The chief guest of the inaugural ceremony, President Dr Lobsang Sangay gave a power-packed speech on how to approach learning with interest and curiosity and on developing leadership competencies.
He reminded the students that they are the grooming leaders of the Tibetan freedom struggle and had an imminent responsibility to study with greater determination than the rest.
“You are not studying simply for a career, but for a cause,” he said. “You are here attending the workshop because we want to aspire you to be the future leaders. In these eight days, career counsellors, researchers and experts from all the relevant fields will talk to you and help you find where your aptitude lies.”
President Dr Sangay also congratulated outgoing Kalon Ngodup Tsering for his successful role as Education kalon and wished him luck for his next role as Representative of OOT, Washington, DC.
Kalon Ngodup Tsering said the ‘aim of the annual Leadership workshop, now in the fifth series, is to nurture and prepare the youth to become a confident and responsible leader of the Tibetan cause.’
He congratulated all the students and inspired them to make the best use of opportunities to further their education and career.
He concluded by saying, “As Tibetans, there are three musts to always keep in our hearts and mind: We must always carry our sense of identity as Tibetans; We must remember His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s blessing and his tireless efforts towards the happiness of Tibetan people and last, as we forge ahead towards a future, we must see the importance of the Central Tibetan Administration especially for unity and freedom of the Tibetan people.”
A total of 263 students from Central Tibetan Schools Administration, Sambhota, Tibetan Children’s Village, Mussoorie, Clementown and Snowland schools, Nepal are participating in the workshop, along with teachers.
Head of the Modern and Traditional Education desk, Tenzin Dorjee introduced the aims and the eight-day workshop module.
The students will listen and learn from expert talks on Evolution of Tibetan Democracy by Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Preservation of Tibetan language by Sangye Tendar Naga, LTWA, Leadership qualities and communication skills by President Dr Sangay, Basic Education Policy, Gender Equality, Middle Way Approach and Tibet’s Environment among many others during the workshop.