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Teaching and Learning at Surmang

News from the Education Project 

Gesar Fund 2015 - SURMANG shedra-plaza-with-young-monks-and-children
Just before Christmas, the Gesar Fund received a message from the Konchok Foundation, which is supported by the Gesar Fund with some 5000 euros per year. In the Gesar Fund 2014 Summary we already reported that things would change in the education programs the Surmang monastery offers to adults and children. The previously announced new educational program for young adults has now been realized.

Gesar Fund 2015 - SURMANG children-taking-exams
The adults of this program now also are contributing to the children’s program by offering a safe container. Khenpo Tsering, the monk who has taught the children for years now, indicates that he has struggled with the class at times, especially due to all the turmoil created by the some of the “wilder” boys. At times he had to stop the program as windows and furniture needed to be repaired! And after resuming the program things often would go wrong again…
Gesar Fund 2015 - SURMANG novice-monks
We rejoice in the fact that this winter, thanks to the extra adults helping out, the programs for the children have been resumed. Also, a small group of children now receives lessons at the Wechen nunnery. The group in the Surmang monastery consists of more than one hundred children, and both groups have their lessons mainly in the winter months.

See more photos from the Education Project here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gesarfund/sets/72157640943881673/with/23663651519/

To support this work, contributions are welcome through the Gesar Fund: http://www.gesarfund.nl/page/846/donate.html

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1 response to “ Teaching and Learning at Surmang ”
  1. Linda V. Lewis
    Jan 15, 2016

    Thank you for this update. As a former school teacher, I am delighted and vicariously relieved that Khenpo Tsering has “back up” and, at the same time these new young adults are furthering their education–2 fold benefit! Really, benefit for all!

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