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.Donate to cause
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.
In the project, the Tibetan children at Kyitsel-ling Tibetan Children’s Education Center will make the prayer flags themselves. In doing so, they will be actively engaged in a colorful and fascinating facet of Tibetan culture. And, we believe that this will be hands-on cultural transmission – the very best way to learn about our culture.
This Holiday season TCEF is doing two fundraising campaigns: one for the children and the other for the elders. For the children, we’re trying to bring the internet and educational technologies into their classrooms. For the elders, we’re using traditional Tibetan prayer flags printed by the children to raise funds for needy Tibetan elders in exile.