During the summer months, when the school is closed, there is still much to do for the Bon children from Nepal in Dolanji, India. These Nepalese children had no schools in the remote, rural areas where they lived in Nepal, so their families sent them to the YungDrung Monastic Centre (YBMC) in Dolanji, India to be educated. Most of them do not have the opportunity to travel back to Nepal during vacation time to see their families. But, this year those children in the 10th class went to visit their families . Some had not seen them for 10 years, and it was a very happy reunion. Many children had difficulty recognizing their family members but their families knew them and were very happy that they had grown up and were receiving a good education.
During the summer there were also activities for those children remaining in the dormitories.There was a debate in July and a seminar was organized in the library on Bon history, religion and culture which included students attending the Tibetan University in Varanasi. There was a handwriting competition with prizes for the winners. Teachers Day was celebrated on September 5th, the birthday of Dr. Radha, the second president of India.
School has again started for the Bon children in Dolanji. This year a 12th class was added and everybody is very happy about that. Two children from the school achieved first positions in the science and culture exhibitions held for the Tiebtan shcools in the Northern Zone. The students then traveled to Delhi to participate in the Central Zone exhibition.
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