(TibetanReview.net, Jan10, 2014) Some 236 principals, directors, teachers and counselors from 76 Tibetan schools in Nepal and India participated in the Sixth Tibetan General Conference on Education at the Lower TCV school, Dharamsala, from Jan 7 to 9.
The conference’s agenda included professional development of teachers; emphasis on primary education, particularly science and mathematics, and the effective implementation of the exile Tibetan administration’s basic education policy, which was introduced in 2004.
The chief guest was the head of the exile Tibetan administration, Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, who is also the education kalon (minister). The Speaker of the exile Tibetan parliament, Mr Penpa Tsering, was also a guest and addressed the gathering.
The conference is the largest gathering of exile Tibetan teachers and school administrators and is supposedly being held every five years, with the first one having been held in 1964.