School for Tibetan Refugee Children in North India


The Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Cultural Institute (ITBCI) was founded in 1954 by Dhardo Rimpoche (1918-90). He wanted to enable children of poor Tibetan families to have a substantial school education and impart knowledge on Tibetan culture as well as Buddhist values. This motivation is concerning teachers and the persons running the school up to the present day. Across the years the school has greatly enlarged and has at present more than 300 pupils, 18 teachers and 3 administration officials. The education extends from the first to the eighth form. Apart from Tibetan scholars, nowadays there are pupils of Bhutan, Sikkim, Nepal and various other countries.

The standard curriculum is teached in English, thus providing the pupils with good possibilities of finding jobs later on. Apart from the Tibetan language children of other cultures may choose the Nepalese language as their second foreign language. Music, literature and Buddhism are further focus areas of teaching. Games and physical education are also important elements of every day school life. Beyond that the school has a mini football team joining in local competitions.

The school accommodates some 70 resident pupils. Some of them are orphans, others are temporarily living in the boarding school because their parents, depending on the season, have to accept jobs in different parts of the country. All pupils are provided with a minimal school fee since many of them still come from poor families. Scholarships are awarded, too. The school is largely financed by donations.

Karuna Deutschland supports the school via Karuna Trust, London.

 

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