College Sponsorships

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.  The Tibetan population in the subcontinent is steadily decreasing due to interesting socio-economic trends and factors. Thanks to the efforts of HH The Dalai Lama and the early Tibetan leadership in exile, we have a good school infrastructure. In fact, at this time we may have more schools than we need! But, every year, hundreds of Tibetan students graduate from the Tibetan schools in exile. A high percentage of these students cherish hopes for a college education. We believe this is an excellent trend that can help them land good jobs in the Tibetan communities or even in the larger Indian job market. We think that helping needy and deserving Tibetan students access college education is worthwhile. We hope to complement and collaborate with the Tibetan Government in Exile and other organizations working for Tibetan education in exile.  We will expand our College Sponsorship program beyond our current partners – Kyitsel-ling and Sambhota. We plan to advertise the help available on and other Tibetan media outlets and invite applications from all deserving Tibetan candidates. In this first year, we hope to help ten college students.  Each sponsorship is going to be Rupees 90,000 annually. That is roughly $1,200 or $100 per month. A hundred percent of all contributions will go directly to help the students. Most undergraduate programs are for three years, so we will request sponsors commit to that duration. 

Internet & Computer Project

Improving the quality of education is going to take a multi faceted effort – involving quality teacher training, building an exception cadre of Tibetan education leadership and then transforming Tibetan classrooms with education technologies. And 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.

Tibetan Culture Transmission Project 2020

TCEF believes that the endangered Tibetan culture premised on compassion and altruism is precious, not only for Tibetans but also for the whole world. We think it is vital to transmit it to the children.

Tibetan Prayer Flags Project

In the project, the Tibetan children at Kyitsel-ling Tibetan Children’s Education Center ( Kyitsel-ling) will themselves make the prayer flags manually. 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.Finally, the proceeds from the sales will go to benefit the Tibetan Elders Program.

2018 Science Lab Project

Science is one of the core subjects studied in this school right from grade 1. However, due to financial constraints, the school has never had a Science Lab and the school administration again requested TCEF’s help. TCEF board member Jennifer Prugh visited the school, saw the need first hand and reached out to her circle of friends for help.

In April 2018, the school completed all the needed renovations, purchase of supplies and installation of equipment. The inauguration of the Science Lab was attended by TCEF Executive Director Karma Tensum along with other local dignitaries.

Teaching Aids for Sambhota School

The Sambhota Tibetan School in Miao in Arunachal Pradesh is located in a remote area. A request was received from the school for funds to procure teaching aids for its pre-primary section. TCEF was able to raise this modest amount primarily through the fundraising effort of sponsor Karen Cooper of Helena, MT

Completion Report-English Acquisition Project

Phase 2 of this project involved TCEF board member and Education Consultant, Sara Buckerfield, conducting a workshop for 26 Tibetan teachers on this key issue of English Aquisition in Tibetan Schools in Exile. Sara worked extremely hard to develop content that is both professional and has the potential to immensely benefit the teachers at the workshop.

2016 RBS Washroom Project

The Ramdha Buddhist Society (RBS) is an educational hostel for Himalayan children. It is located at Sidhpur, a small town outside of Dharamshala. It is home to 60 children from the Lahul and Spiti region. The children range in age from 6-21 years old. The hostel provides room and board, tutoring and supervision for students attending primary, high school and college. The project helped much needed repairs and upgrades to the washroom facilities there.

2017 Whiteboards Project

As the name suggests, this project will replace the old chalk boards in about twenty classrooms in this school and replace them with new white boards. The advantages of white boards with an array of colorful dry erase pens is clear and we think that this can be a big first step in changing at least a few of the Tibetan classrooms in exile.

Tibetan School, Arunachal Pradesh

The Tibetan school at Miao, Arunachal Pradesh, serves around 300 students. Until recently it was administered by the Central Tibetan Schools Administration (CTSA) – an autonomous body under the central Indian Government. Following a policy decision to hand all Tibetan schools under CTSA to the Tibetan Government in Exile, this school was handed over to the Sambhota Tibetan Schools Society (STSS) fairly recently.