Celebrating 30 Years of Academic Exchange between Tibetan Community and the United States at UTCV School

he US State Department-funded Tibetan Scholarship Program (TSP) celebrated 30 years of academic exchange between the Tibetan community and the United States at the Tibetan Children’s village school Dharamshala on 21st April. The celebration was organized by executive members of Tibetan Scholarship Program Alumni Association (TSPAA). It was one of the proudest moments for TCV family as almost all the executive members are former students of TCV.

The chief guest at the celebration was CTA President Dr. Lobsang Sangay and Education Kalon Dr. Pema Yangchen (who were both alumni of TSP), along with officials from the US embassy in New Delhi including Jillian Turner, Program Officer from the US State Department, Bryce Isham, First Secretary at the US embassy, and J P Das, Country Exchange officer at the American Center.

The celebration was attended by around 70 beneficiaries of the program which included some of the most notable members of the Tibetan community such as Thubten Samphel, Director of Tibet Policy Institute, Sonam Norbu Dagpo, Secretary of Department of Information and International Relations, Thupten Dorjee, President of Tibetan Children’s Village, Nangsa Choedon, former Secretary at CTA, Youdon Aukartsang and Dolma Tsering, Members of Tibetan Parliament, among others. Besides them, ten strong members from TCV who were a former recipient of TSP scholarship also attended the celebration.

President Dr. Lobsang Sangay spoke about the beneficial impact of the program on the Tibetan community and said that this program has provided numerous Tibetans with a once in a lifetime opportunity to study in the US and gain first- hand knowledge and experience of top US academic institutions.He thanked the US government for their generous support and urged for their continued assistance to the Tibetan community.

Education Kalon Dr. Pema Yangchen who is  also an Ex TCV student spoke about her experience as an alumnus of the scholarship program and narrated incidents from her time as a student at the University of Northern Iowa. She described TSP as a blessing to Tibetans which enabled many to pursue the highest dreams of academic excellence. She also spoke about the importance of giving back to the community and urged all future recipients of the scholarship to return and serve the community.

Program Officer at the US State Department Jillian Turner explained the bipartisan support enjoyed by the Tibet issue within the US congress. Noting the benefits of the Tibetan scholarship program on the Tibetan community, she said irrespective of which administration comes into power at the US government, funding for TSP will continue as it is a congressionally driven fund.

Ms Tenzin Lhakmon moderated the function while Ms Dukthen Kyi and Ms Tenzin Lhadon delivered the opening remarks and gave a power point presentation on TSPAA programs and activities over the year. The vote of thanks was delivered by Tenzin Choephel, program coordinator at Tibet Fund.

Since its inception in 1988, the Tibetan Scholarship Program earlier known as Fulbright scholarship, has benefited about 443 Tibetans. Out of 443, 242 have  pursued two-year master’s degree while 201 has enrolled in one year non-degree programs. They are now serving in 91 different institutions. However, 99 beneficiaries from the total 443 have defaulted, leaving the entire program  in crisis at one time.

The President Mr. Lobsang Singe lauded the present executive members of TSPAA for their commendable job in organizing 30th anniversary of academic exchange between the Tibetan community and the United States in a very systematic and within a very short duration despite their busy schedule under Central Tibetan Administration.

Mr. Choephel

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Senior School English Elocution Contest 2018

Senior School English Department has organized Inter Class English Elocution Contest on 12th April, 2018 at Dekyi Tsering Hall .The elocution contest consist of students from class VI -VIII. After several days of coaching and practice by the respective class teachers and the language teachers, two to three representatives from each classes were selected for the semi -final round where four best elocutionist each  from poetry, speech and dramatic extract were selected for the final round. A total of 13 students took part in the final competition. Mr Tenzin Lodoe from VI D won first position in poetry recitation category, Miss. Tsering Dolkar from VII D was adjudged as the best speaker from speech category and Mr. Sonam Tsering from VIII D enthralled the entire audience with his terrific performance by playing the role of Convict from the famous play entitled “The Bishop’s Candlesticks”. Sensing the opportunity, many students from the floor came upand tried to give their best performances in order to outdo or excel the others on the stage.

All the participants walked away with handsome gifts, certificates and a traditional white scarf round their necks. Mrs. Tenzin Choekyi, the Head Mistress of Senior School who was the Chief Guest on that day was very impressed with the overall standard of the English Elocution Contest and lauded all the participants and the concerned teachers for their team work and enthusiasm shown in the smooth and professional conduct of the contest during the next day morning assembly.

Mr. Choephel

Emergency First aid course by St John, Cymru/Wales to Class IX and X students

Emergency first aid course for UTCV School was conducted by St John, Cymru/Wales at Dickyi Tsering Hall on 9th April, 2018. The objective was management of an incident in which people have been injured or have been taken ill and taking care of them until medical help is available. It was attended by staffs and the students from class IX and X. This is their third visit to our school. The two hours workshop on first aid was led by Rev. Des Kitto and eight other members from St John, Wales, England.

Mrs. Nawang Lhamo, the Principal, gave a welcoming speech and introduced all the volunteers. The workshop comprised of activities like introduction to first aid, emergency plan, recovery position, CPR and bleeding/bandaging techniques. Rev. Des Kitto, the Head of the group gave a short speech on how to deal and react during emergency situations. He hopes that all the participants would pick up at least one or two above techniques to save someone’s life. Other volunteers followed him and gave demonstrations on three main actions during an emergency, using three p’s (Preserve Life, Prevent Injury and Promote the casualties recovery). The participants were introduced on how to provide CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation), Recovery Position and bleeding/bandaging techniques.

Every participant got the opportunity to practically experiment the above techniques to ensure management of an emergency situation/incident. In short the workshop was executed successfully and was very effective for the students.  Lastly Mrs. Nawang Lhamo thanked the volunteers from St John’s, Wales for conducting the workshop for three consecutive years by offering traditional white scarves as a mark of gratitude and appreciation.

Reported By: Choephel (Mr.)

An Interactive Session on DE Addiction of Drugs and Alcohol with Former Drug Addicts

4th April, 2018: An interactive session on De addiction of drugs and alcohol with former drug addicts cum members from Addiction Free India Association was held at Dekyi Tsering Hall on 4th April 2018. In consultation with the school head, Addiction Free India Association organized this session. It is a new NGO initiated by Mr. Chemi Dorjee, the Counselor cum Head of the AFIA. Their mission is to Save Life and Say No to Drugs and Alcohol.

Mrs. Nawang Lhamo, the School Principal gave a welcome speech followed by Mr. Chemi Dorjee who gave a brief introduction of AFIA and its related activities. Master. Devanash, Mr. Kapil, Mr. Abhishek, and Mr. Chemi Dorjee are the members of this organization. Unlike other speakers, they are not scholars or experts but they are all former drug addicted victims who have undergone unimaginable problems in the prime of their life. But by dint of their strong determination and good guidance, all of them managed not only to quit the drugs but they came forward to share their experiences so that they could save many people from the jaws of death and miserable life. There was pin drop silence and the students listened with rapt attention when each member started sharing their grueling experiences.

Their messages were loud and clear. Master Devansh said “ I didn’t know how things ran out of my hand. I was in my own world, own thought. Luckily, after many efforts, I was able to come out of addiction like a proverbial “Even after the darkest night, there comes a full moon” Drugs aren’t cool. Respect your near and dear one and people around you”. Kapil, the only and the spoiled child of the rich family said, “I had multiple addictions.  I was often out of mind. I couldn’t work, eat or play. I was often on liquid diet. I took several treatments but I never got cured because I didn’t get right guidance, teacher or a dieticians. Finally, through meditation, I was able to quit addiction. I am feeling free and fine now.  Even if I can help one person from you, that will be my spiritual help.” Abhishek, a medical student who was obsessed with multiple drugs for many years said “I was so obsessed with drugs that I can’t live without it, I can kill anyone for drugs. Half of my body was damaged. After several treatments, I was cured. Remember, drugs are not cool. It will lead you to a painful death.”  Mr. Chemi Dorjee, the founder of the AFI said “I was into drugs for 13 long years. I was infected with TB two times and I was away from my children, wife and parents for many years. Much to my annoyance, I couldn’t fulfill my father’s hope and aspirations in me. I was considered as the black sheep of the family. It hurted me immensely. But today I am here and I want my message to get across you. The pain which I have been through may not be experienced by you all. So please share our experiences of pain so that many people can get long time gain. Save Life and Say No to drugs and Alcohol.”

We saw good interaction between the organizer and the students. Mr. Chemi Dorjee wrapped up their talk by highlighting on important and specific topics like causes, signs and symptoms, treatments, hopes and messages on how to deal with the drug and alcohol addicted people. The presentation came to an end with a video clipping on “A Spiritual Perspective On Consumption of Alcohol” by SSRP Production.

In appreciation of their meaningful talk, Mrs. Tenzin Choekyi, the Head Mistress of our school profoundly thanked Mr. Chemi Dorjee and his team and implored everyone to learn from their experiences. Mr. Tsultrim Dorjee, the Director of the school did  the honour of offering traditional white scarf and a handsome gift money to the organizer. The awareness campaign on drug and alcohol addiction came to an end with photo session with AFIA members and the school Heads. In nut shell, the talk proved very meaningful and practical which is very much evident from the level of participation from the audience.

Reported by: Choephel Shonsang (Mr.)

Upper TCV on Earth Quake Drill

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On 4th April, earthquake drill was carried in all the sections of Upper TCV.  The drill was aimed to enhance one’s knowledge on earthquake and to prepare oneself mentally when such disaster occurs. Thus, on 4th April, the day started with a presentation by Class X D students on the topic ‘Earthquake’. During the morning assembly, the students demonstrated on “Drop, Cover and Hold” under  the guidance of social department members.

 

 

 

 

At 11:00 a warning bell was rang.  The students under the supervision of their respective teachers practiced ‘DROP, COVER, HOLD ON’ after which they quietly moved to the school ground which is the safest place.

There, roll calls of the students were taken by the respective class teachers. The students who were missing were reported to the rescue team which comprised of teachers who went in search of the missing students and brought them to the ground where they received first aids from a team of teachers and health department.

 

Around 1340 students and more than 91 staff members participated in the drill and all the participants gave their full support during the drill and gained knowledge. The drill ended well on a satisfactory note.

 

Class X Graduation Ceremony, 2018

To honor and to bid proper farewell to the graduating class X students (2017-18), a Graduation lunch Cum Ceremony was held/hosted at Dekyi Tsering Hall on March 29, 2018 at around 1:30 P.M. The event kicked off with a celebratory lunch for the students and the staff which was jointly organized by the school Management Committee and the school Student Council.

We are very lucky to have Mrs. Nancy and Mr. Harold Sharmen as our Guest of Honor who have been a very good friend and generous sponsor for TCV school over the years.  The actual ceremony began at around 2:30 pm where the graduating students were presented with the traditional white scarf by Mrs. Nancy. As a mark of appreciation, Certificates of Participation for the participants of the DOE Leadership Workshop and school community service were presented to the respective students by Mr.  Harold Sharmen.

The school Principal Mrs. Nawang Lhamo, began the speech by notifying the students about the rules governing the class XI stream choices and related requisite documents. Besides that, she advised the students to study hard and be a good ambassador of our school. It was followed by a short speech by Mr Tsultrim Dorjee, the Director of our school, where he implored every student to study hard so that they can contribute meaningful service to our community and the world at large. Before the entertainment programme, a join photo session was done as a mark of remembrance and gratitude. The felicitations ended with a wide variety of entertaining programmes consisting of performances by the graduating students as well as games conducted by the school Student Council.

In a nutshell, the ceremony was simple yet memorable for the class X graduates. We wish them successive success in their future endeavor.

Mr. Chophel