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.
At TCEF, we continue to ask these questions: With the changing times, what are some real needs of Tibetan education in exile? Where can we make a difference for them? This winter, I’ve had multiple conversations with our partners in India asking these very same questions.
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.