Since 1950 Tibetan culture has been suppressed in its native land. The school was established in Kalimpong, India in 1954 by the late Dhardo Rimpoche (1918-90) for Tibetan refugees coming over the border from Tibet. He wanted to provide an education to children from poor Tibetan refugee families living in Kalimpong, India, as well as pass on Tibetan culture and values to the younger generation. In recent years the school has also welcomed children from other Himalayan ethnic groups.
Tibetan culture is slowly dying out amongst Tibetan communities in exile. Many Tibetan refugees settled in Kalimpong inside the Indian-Tibetan border. Most of the families in Kalimpong region are poor farmers. Daily labourers earn around $2 - $2.50 per day. People cannot afford to send their children to fee paying schools which are very costly. No other school in the area offers a quality subsidised education to poor children and their families.
The students benefit from a holistic education. They learn the official syllabus as well as traditional Tibetan arts and culture. Students learn their own language of Tibetan as well as English and Hindi. Around seventy of the students are boarders. These students come from difficult family backgrounds and really benefit from a secure environment to continue their studies.
450 Tibetan refugee children will gain an education. The children will learn their traditional languages and art forms from Tibet and the Himalayan region. Students will gain confidence in extra-curricular activities such as debate, drama and sport. Importantly Tibetan language, art and culture will continue to thrive among the diaspora community in this Himalayan region.