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4 January 2013 002Dharamshala: Over 150 teachers from Tibetan schools across India gathered to discuss the development of education at a meeting at Dharamshala's Lower TCV school, between January 2 – 5.

At its inauguration ceremony, Tibet's political leader, Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, who is also minister for the Department of Education (DOE), responsible for overseeing 73 schools educating 24,000 students, which organized the event, said: "Improving the education system will take our joint effort over not just two or three years but many enduring years. We all should make concerted efforts to bring development.

"Although the roles of parents, relatives and family are crucial for the development of education, the greatest responsibility lies on the shoulders of the teachers.

"The literacy rate for Tibetans in exile is 84 per cent, and this is very respectable in comparison to our neighbours, but it is also obvious that we lack the quality to become experts."

In November, the DOE announced new scholarship schemes that would "provide incentives to talented and hard-working students" and "promote academic excellence, produce more scholars and professionals, and also support economically disadvantaged students."

It also launched the Tibet Education Project, a two-year program funded by the United States Agency for International Development to help improve the quality of educational opportunities for Tibetan refugee students in India and Nepal.

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