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The Bon Children’s Welfare Center (BCWC) cares for and educates Bon children from the Himalayan regions. The aim of the center is to provide these children with the opportunity to fulfill their potential, and become independent adults with the skills necessary to succeed in the modern world.
“We want to see all the children happy, to understand themselves and the world and to learn. We believe that self-awareness helps people make the right decisions as they face challenges in the future. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses helps you choose the right path in life. We tell every child here that we are all unique and we are neither better nor less than anybody else but rather the best or least of ourselves.”
The approach taken at the center is holistic, viewing all aspects of the child as needing care and education. School work is central but sport, spirituality, psychological support and cultural education is also important. An example of cultural education is traditional Bon poetry which is taught and students enter regional competitions in poetry composition, poetry recitation and debate. The youth learn about their heritage and identity which gives them self- confidence and contributes to their sense of their place in the world.
Thank you for your support and interest in the education of Bon youth.
The Bon Children’s Welfare Center (BCWC) is an integrated community for the care and education of children from the Himalayan regions of Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Mongolia, and Sikkim. The BCWC is run as a part of the Yungdrung Bon Center, which is registered with the Government of Himachal Pradesh in Northern India.
Some of the children are orphans; others are sent by their families for care and quality education which they could not receive at home. The staff at BCWC look after the physical, mental, and spiritual needs of these children. They are provided with a high quality education and develop a deep and intimate understanding of the culture and traditions of the Bon people. Many of these children come from isolated small communities. The children learn the skills necessary to live in community, the core values of respect, trust, cooperation and responsibility.
Thank you for your support and interest in the education of Tibetan Bon youth.
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Nepali parents entrust the Bon Center with their young children knowing they will receive a high quality academic education. The children are also taught life skills, how to get on with others and they receive a good moral foundation for adult life. It is a great sacrifice for the parents to give over the care of often very young children but the advantages the students gain far exceed their prospects if they remained at home.
Students live in a cooperative, sharing community and have responsibilities to others from the moment they arrive at the center. Education is to be shared and the lessons learned about life communicated to others.
Here is one student’s comments: “ I know sharing is caring and how important it is. If you give more knowledge to others you will gain more knowledge yourself. You improve your mind and the lives of others. Sharing knowledge is vital for good life. Sharing is a creative thing. Education is central to modern life, everyone depends on it now. So I must keep learning from many sources and share what I learn to help others, then the world will improve. Respect for elders, caring for younger people, being honest, sincere and faithful all this makes someone a good person.”
Thank you for your support and interest in the education of Nepali Bon youth.
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