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CTC Board Member to serve on Tibetan “Education Advisory Committee”

August 28, 2012

The Canada Tibet Committee is pleased to announce that Board of Directors member, Mati Bernabei, has accepted an invitation from the Tibetan Department of Education to serve on its newly-convened “Education Advisory Committee”.

The goal of the Advisory Committee is to improve the standard of education within the exile Tibetan school system. The committee will be tasked with evaluating the current school system and with proposing a related action plan. The Tibetan Department of Education (Sherig) currently oversees 73 Tibetan schools in India and Nepal under different autonomous administrative bodies. There are approximately 24,000 students and 2,200 staff members in these schools. 

“Education is a key priority for Lobsang Sangay, newly-elected political leader of the Central Tibetan Administration”, Bernabei said from Vancouver. “The fact that Dr. Sangay personally heads the Department of Education is an indication of how important this objective is for the Tibetan administration and I look forward to contributing to its success.”

Ms. Bernabei has been an active member of Canada Tibet Committee’s Vancouver Chapter since Sept 1990 and was appointed to its Board of Directors in 2009.  Both her Master’s and PhD theses focus on Tibetan education.  From 2008 to 2011, Ms. Bernabei worked with the Tibetan Department of Education and Sambhota Tibetan Schools Society (STSS) to develop and implement a program that brought Canadian student teachers to India for a semester, to partner with Tibetan school teachers.  Ms. Bernabei is the recipient of the Michel Laferrier Award from the Comparative and International Education Society of Canada.  

Contact: Carole Samdup, 514-487-0665

For more information about the Tibetan Department of Education, see www.sherig.org

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