Educational Support Tibet (E.S. Tibet) started in 2000, which funds the Kunpand Cultural School in Dharamsala, northern India. It is a non-profit organisation that is also registered in Switzerland. This school offers Tibetan adult refugees 2 years of further education in English, Chinese and Computing. These students will have already studied for 3-5 years at one of the other refugee schools in India, but generally will not have received any formal qualifications in the subjects studied. At Kunpan Cultural School, the students work towards the Cambridge University English Tests.
The primary aim of both the organisation and the school is to improve the students’ future employment prospects, by educating them to a level that they very often do not have access to in Tibet, for geographical or financial reasons. They have risked their lives trekking across the Himalayas to come to India, where they can live safely and freely among the Tibetan exile community. Whilst the life they can have here is safe and free, it is also transient and a long way away from their families. For this reason, one of our other main aims is to promote the self-confidence and self-belief of our students by creating a fun, caring and family atmosphere in the school, which is rooted in a system of mutual respect and goodwill between students and teachers.
80% of our previous students have successfully found employment back in Tibet–some as translators for NGOs or tourist guides; others set up a school, and a travel agency.
All board members and teachers of E.S. Tibet work on a voluntary basis and without financial compensation.
The organisation and the school do not have any POLITICAL or RELIGIOUS objectives.
The person who has
A tremendous reserve of patience
And tolerance has
A certain degree of tranquillity,
And calmmness in his and her life
Such a person is not
Only happy and more emotionally grounded
But also seems to be physically healthier
And to experience less illness
The person possesses a strong will
Has a good appetite
And can sleep with a clear conscience
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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