Tashi Phuntsok la, the Information Secretary of DIIR, CTA flanked by school Director, Principal and Tibetan Department (DIIR)

5th October 2015: TCV School Suja celebrated 5th October as Tibet Our Country Day, a month long program where both the teachers and the students spend entire month researching on one particular topic related to Tibet and then present to the school in the form of charts, models, visual and audio presentation and plays. Mr. Tashi Phuntsok la, the Secretary of Information from the Department of Information and International Relations, CTA was the chief guest along with Tibet Museum, CTA.

Students of Class X A singing a song dedicated to His Holiness’ Gayton (DIIR)

The function was all arranged by the students themselves under the kind guidance of all the Tibetans teachers. The day began with the installation of His Holiness’ photo on the altar with ceremonial chants. After that a minutes’ prayer service in honour of our martyrs. After that a brief life history of His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama was shared by one of the senior students. There were few songs, presentations and repartee from both the Junior and Senior sections. Whatever the students presented was all great and done with great sincerity and the whole audience had a great learning environment under a large makeshift tent.

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Students enjoying the exhibition put up by DIIR Tibet Museum in the school hall (DIIR)

The chief guest Mr. Tashi Phuntsok la spoke during the function. He specially reminded the students the three commitments of His Holiness the Dalai Lama; promotion of human values, promotion of religious harmony and preservation of Tibet’s Buddhist culture by giving vivid examples. During the function, the winners of the class-wise magazines and models called upon and given prizes by the chief guest. Both the school Director Mr. Choeying Dhoundup la and the Principal Mr. Karma Sherap Therchin spoke. The Director gave background information on how, when and why this idea of Tibet Our Country materialized. He also disclosed the name of the person who pioneered this idea, Mr. Tsewang Mingyur Samkhar, a former teacher, Headmaster and a Principal at TCV School. He concluded his talk by requesting the students to feel the gratitude of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Students watching a documentary shown by DIIR Tibet Museum in the school hall (DIIR)

After the function, the chief guest was escorted by the school Director and Principal to the conference room where exhibition was displayed. The chief guest inaugurated the exhibition and interacted with the students about their models and presentations. The chief guest had a tradition Tibetan dish with rest of the staff members in the staff common mess. After the lunch, he was escorted to the school hall to see the exhibition put up by the Tibet Museum of DIIR on the biography of His Holiness the XIth Dalai Lama.

Information Secretary of the DIIR CTA inaugurating the Tibet Our Country Exhibition (DIIR)

In the evening, the students of class IX presented their Tibetan Play titled “Sangchoe Meyna Rho Dang Dra” meaning Man without Morality is like a corpse. The hour long play was well prepared and really hit the bull’s eye in sending the message. Some of the characters played parts really well. The school Principal finally concluded and summed up the great day with big round of applause for all those who are directly or indirectly involved in making this year’s Tibet Our Country Day a memorable one.

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