ITBC Karuna

Project

A School Protecting Tibetan and Himalayan Art and Culture

Education

PARTNER

ITBCI School

PEOPLE SERVED

232

THEMES

Education

LOCATION

Kalimpong, West Bengal

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Covid Update

During the crisis ITBCI have worked hard to ensure that children do not fall behind with their education. The school has been conducting lessons online and through Whatsapp for all students above lower Kindergarten age. ITBCI has also been involved in local relief efforts to supply food to the poorest families.

What are the challenges?

For young people from impoverished families in this remote Himalayan region, parents are often illiterate and unable to provide the financial or familial support needed for their children’s studies. Cramped and noisy living conditions make studying effectively at home impossible and dropping out of school, though common, only perpetuates the cycle of poverty.

What is the aim of the project?

The project aims to support the poorest students in the area to obtain a high quality holistic education. Teachers specialised in working with students from disadvantaged backgrounds give tailored support and encouragement so that pupils persevere and succeed in their studies. A number of students are able to board and all students are provided with quality education and a stimulating and supportive environment. Though open to children from all ethnic backgrounds, the school also seeks to preserve Tibetan culture, language and art in some of its extra activities, such as dance and music, for the benefit of future generations.

What are the main activities?

  • Students learn the official syllabus as well as traditional Himalayan arts and culture.
  • School fees are heavily subsidised and parents are also offered financial support with the cost of school uniforms, books etc.
  • Students are given extra support with their studies, and a proportion of students live full time at the school as boarders during term time.