On 22nd May, two members of the 16th Tibetan parliament in exile Mr. Dawa Phunkyi and Lutsang Gyari Thar paid an official visit to TCV school upper Dharamsala.  They were received by the Education Director of TCV schools Mr. Sonam Sichoe la. The two dignitaries addressed the gathering consisting of students from Classes VIII and above and the staff members of Upper TCV School in Hermann Gmeiner hall. There was a question and answer session soon after the address.

Mr. Dawa Phunkyi la began his talk on importance of punctuality. As an alumnus of TCV School Upper Dharamsala, he was taught about the importance of time during his school time by the dedicated staff members of the school. He reminded the students and staff members of the importance of preservation of rich Tibetan traditions, language and culture for Tibet and Tibetans in particular and world at large. He also highlighted the three commitments of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and requested all the students to follow the invaluable advises given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He urged every one specially the younger generation to work hard and never to lose hope for hope is the only thing that could keep us going. Mr. Dawa Phunkyi further reminded us not to forget the kindness His Holiness the Dalai Lama and follow his words wisdom.

Lutsang Gyari Thar in his speech tried to bring back the glory of Tibet’s history at the certain historical point and pride of Tibet as an independent nation. He then came to the central point of his speech to let the audience pointer about the key causes of losing our country. He reiterated our national obligation to educate ourselves more and called for to take greater responsibilities by all. He also advised the students to follow the Buddhist technique of study i.e through listening, analysing and practicing in logical and reasoning. Thus, he conveyed his message not to be swayed by cheap and baseless gossips and talks. But remain consistent in your philosophy based on reasoning and rationality. Mr.Lhutsang Gyarik Thar further reminded us not to forget the kindness and support shown by others in our lives.

The President of TCV schools honoured the dignitaries with the traditional white scarf followed by the word of thanks from the Village Director Mr. Tsultrim Dorjee.

In the afternoon, the two members of the Tibetan parliament in exile accompanied by the President, General Secretary, Village Director and school Principal paid a quick visit to three sections of the school and observed Tibetan language enrichment programs organised for the teaching staff members of Infant section and junior section. They also witnessed dialectic classes organised as teachers’ professional development program for senior section staff members.


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