Educating Tibetan Bon Children and Youth

by Creating Hope International (CHI)
Educating Tibetan Bon Children and Youth
Educating Tibetan Bon Children and Youth
Educating Tibetan Bon Children and Youth
Educating Tibetan Bon Children and Youth
Educating Tibetan Bon Children and Youth
Educating Tibetan Bon Children and Youth
Educating Tibetan Bon Children and Youth
Educating Tibetan Bon Children and Youth
Educating Tibetan Bon Children and Youth
Educating Tibetan Bon Children and Youth
Educating Tibetan Bon Children and Youth
Educating Tibetan Bon Children and Youth
Educating Tibetan Bon Children and Youth
Educating Tibetan Bon Children and Youth
Educating Tibetan Bon Children and Youth
Educating Tibetan Bon Children and Youth

The Bon Center with its clinic and school is running normally and everyone is well and fully vaccinated. The Tibetan students come from different backgrounds and places and the experience of life at the center helps them be better prepared for life in a diverse society. They also receive a high quality education and many go on to higher learning.

Here is one student’s comments, “The hostel is a shelter for students where they live together, learn the value of discipline and cooperation. The atmosphere at the hostel is conducive to study. Life there has set routines and discipline which improves character, responsibility and self-dependency. We take care of our environment, our health, our belongings and our studies. We learn to get along with many different personalities and ages and together we learn about our culture, society and customs and the wider world."

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The Bon Center with its clinic and school is running normally and everyone is well. In March, New Year celebrations and graduations took place at the Bon Center. Most of the children over 15 years of age have now had their Covid-19 vaccinations. There have been 18 new pupils admitted to the school.

The youth are enjoying the many activities offered such as sports including cricket, football and basketball. There are also lessons in the arts including music and painting. Coming to the Bon Center is a life changing event for these children who are able to attend school and participate in many activities not available where their families live. Here are the words of one pupil who described the experience in an essay entitled my black and white life.

“In my home village, I attended school for two years but then I had to stop for two years because of family trouble and I was able to rejoin for one year. My life changed when my brother sent me to the Bon Center. I have been in school consistently, studying hard and learning a lot of things. At first, I was shy especially as I could not speak the language but I soon made friends and now I am confident and ask questions in class. I am very lucky to be attending such a place. When I think back I wonder how my life would have been very different if I had not come to the Bon Center.”

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The Bon Center in Dolanji is operating normally with children attending their classes. There have been a few minor cases of Covid, but everyone is now well. Examinations take place in the second week of December and then it is vacation time, with most students staying on at the center because it is too difficult for them to travel home. The staff will provide activities, games and learning opportunities during the winter vacation which will end February 8th. The students come from poor families in Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal and locally in India.

This year 9 students graduated from the high school, two boys are attending university and two other boys are enrolled in the Tibetan Medical College under our Higher Education Program. There have been 20 new students admitted to the center.

The students have a holistic education which includes academics, sports, arts and understanding of nature and care for the environment.  All students, from the youngest to the oldest, learn to care for nature and the environment and the fact we are part of the world and responsible for it. The center has a garden and grows crops for food.

 One student had this to say, “Earth is the only planet that has life as we know it. Plants are very important to all life on Earth. They help with the air, provide food to eat and shelter as well as medicines. It is everyone’s responsibility to plant trees and plants to make our surroundings green and more health for every form of life.”

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The Bon Center in Dolanji has remained virus free and everyone is safe. The school is utilizing distance learning and video instruction to keep students engaged in learning but in a Covid-secure way. Teachers and students are now well used to this form of education.

The students study many academic subjects but also learn life skills, behavior and core values, such as compassion, trust, respect, listening and advocacy.

All students, from the youngest to the oldest, learn about good manners, some having experienced this at home, while others have lacked the structure of good manners in home life. One student said, “Manners, manners! We hear about this every day at home and school. Why?  Well manners help us gain the respect and confidence of others. Politeness brings success in life. A child learns from what he sees and seeing elders treating others kindly and with respect, he will copy that behavior. Society works better when everyone is heard and treated well.”

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The pandemic situation in India is bad and noticeably worse in the second wave but fortunately the Bon Center in Dolanji has remained virus free and everyone is safe. The school reopened in February, after almost of year of closure and distance and video learning. However, the decision was made recently to once again close the school as a precaution due to the worsening situation in India.

During the last closure, the staff organized the classes at the hostels through recorded videos and presentations prepared by the teachers. It was initially very hard for the children, teachers and staff to get used to this new way of doing things, but everyone did their best to keep up with education and to be safe from the virus.

Various activities were organized for the children during lockdown to keep them engaged and not feel bored or anxious. This year teachers have been invited hostels so that our children don't lag behind in their classes.

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