The Tibetan Children’s Education Foundation (TCEF)

is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1995, dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan culture by educating and assisting Tibetans, raising awareness of its culture, and by empowering Tibetans to manifest these goals. TCEF began in the State of Montana, USA, which many of our Tibetan friends say reminds them of Tibet. TCEF was chartered by a group of Montanans, all of whose lives have been enriched in some degree by the Tibetans, their religion or culture. By helping to keep that culture and its people alive and well-educated we hope to return some of the blessings we have received.

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In 1959, the People’s Republic of China occupied Tibet. March 10th marks the anniversary of the uprising of the Tibetan people in response to the occupation. It was at this time the Dalai Lama, spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, was forced into exile in India.


The best hope for all Tibetans continues to be His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama. The deep respect that all Tibetans have for him unites us. His wisdom and statesmanship have guided the Tibetan movement along a peaceful path that has not only won His Holiness the Nobel Prize for Peace but also the admiration of the world.


Tibetan refugee schools in exile have played and continue to play a significant role in helping to transmit our culture to the children. Tibetan schools in exile operate within the broad framework of its host countries in Nepal and especially in India.


Improving the quality of education takes a multi faceted effort involving quality teacher training, building an exceptional cadre of Tibetan education leadership, and transforming Tibetan classrooms with educational technologies. Right here – transforming Tibetan classrooms – is where we feel TCEF can make a vital difference. Maybe not for all Tibetan schools, but at least in a few select schools.


The second wave of Covid hit India really hard. It impacted several Tibetan communities in exile, both in India and in Nepal. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and donors, TCEF was able to reach out and help several Tibetan communities in North India. 


TCEF now offers guided tours to Buddhist and Tibetan sites in India On this very special tour we often trace the footsteps of the Buddha from his birthplace at Lumbini, his Enlightenment at Bodh Gaya, his very first sermon at Sarnath to his parinirvana or passing away at Kushinagar.


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