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Sonam Dorjee "Tibetan Children’s Education in Amdo Reb-gong (Qinghai province)"

Fri, Nov 15, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Ballantine Hall, Room 237

Tibetan Studies Student Association Lecture Series Presents
Sonam Dorjee

Tibetan Children’s Education in Amdo Reb-gong (Qinghai
Ballantine Hall, Room 237
Friday, November 15, 2013 (3:00 PM – 5:00 PM)


Sonam Dorjee, the director of Byams-skyong and Kunphan kindergarten schools in Reb-gong, Qinghai, China will talk about the differences of education between Tibetan children living in villages and in cities, how government policies are introduced in private kindergartens, and some of the challenges Tibetans face in running private-funded kindergartens.

Sonam Dorjee was born in Amdo Reb-gong and after finishing his middle school from Reb-gong Nationality Middle School, he went to pursue his studies in India. He received his B.A. and M.A. at the Academy of Tibetan Culture, Norbulingkha Institute, Dharamsala in 2002 and 2006 respectively. In 2007, he went back to Tibet and received his second M.A. from the Northwest University in Gansu province in 2009. He is also the founder of two kindergarten schools in Reb-gong. Byams-skyong Kindergarten is located in the village of Seng-ge Gshong with 192 kids from age 3-6 and Kunphan Kindergarten is located in the village of Rgyal-po sGang with 47 kids from the age 3-6. He has also translated a biography of Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore into Tibetan from English.

Sponsored by: Indiana University Student Association, Central Eurasian Studies Department, Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Sinor Institute for Inner Asian Studies