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29 December 2012 002Dharamshala: A workshop to help enable students to "develop a clear understanding of the issue of Tibet" began on December 25.

During the nine-day event, the 124 participants from 21 schools across India and Nepal will be addressed by over 30 speakers including Tibet's political leader, Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, and visit a range of educational, religious and cultural institutions and NGO's in Dharamshala.

At the opening ceremony of the Tibetan Parliamentary and Policy Research Centre's (TPPRC's) ninth student workshop, at Dharamshala's Lower TCV school, the Tibetan Parliament in Exile's Speaker, Penpa Tsering, said: "The elder generation of Tibetans had hoped to return quickly to Tibet after coming into exile, but they have had to remain in exile for over fifty years.

"The issue of Tibet might remain unresolved for many years, and in such an event the responsibility of sustaining the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and the freedom struggle would certainly devolve on the younger generation.

"The Tibetan polity has undergone a generational transition with many Tibetans brought up in exile such as the Sikyong, parliament speaker, and staff taking over the role to lead the CTA," he continued.
"The younger generation will have to take the responsibility both in keeping alive our freedom struggle, and in rebuilding and administering when a solution is found to the issue of Tibet."

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