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48th Anniversary of TCV School – Oct 28, 2008

Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) school of Dharamsala celebrates its 48th founding anniversary celebration on 25th of October. His Holiness Dalai Lama and Gyalwang Karmapa were invited by the school to attend the celebrations as chief guests.

TCV’s founding anniversary day was huge celebration event. The day-long celebration showcased children presenting colorful cultural programs, fascinating callisthenic display formations and an impressive performance by the school band. There were also traditional Tibetan song and dance performances by individual and group artists.

The actual event usually lasts for three days.

On the second day TCV School observed its 24th Inter- House Athletic meet which is an annual inter-house games and sports competition.
The Gyalwang Karmapa was the chief guest for this program.

The Gyalwang Karmapa arrived at 8:50 am, he was heartily welcomed by all the students and heads of the school including Jetsun Pema La (His Holiness Dalai Lama’s sister)
The athletic competition lasted until after lunch. The Songtsen House was the winner for this year’s competition.
Gyalwang Karmapa addressed the event mentioning not to be dismayed by any competition but to strive more to excel.
Later he visited the school’s museum where they were displaying Tibetan Religion and Cultural after that he left for his residence.

Headquartered here in the Northern Indian town of Dharamsala, TCV is the largest residential school of the exiled Tibetan community and also one of the largest of its kind in India.

TCV was founded in 1960 as a nursery school with over 51 Tibetan refugee children. The foundation has now become a thriving, integrated educational community for destitute Tibetan children in exile, as well as for hundreds of those escaping from Tibet in each passing year.

It has established branches in India extending from Ladakh in the North to Bylakuppe in the South. The educational foundation claims it has over 15,000 children under its care each year and has given education to over 50,000 students till date.

His Holiness attending the 48th anniversary celebration of TCV School

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