As head of the Tibetan Schools, Dotchung Gonpo Namgyal and the President of Tibetan Community in Swiss and Liechtenstein, Ganghontsang Lobsang presented the award to Mrs. Pema last saturday, hundreds of Tibetans and Tibetan supporters gathered at the honorary ceremony thoundered with honorary claps.
"I accept this honor on behalf of all the co-workers of Tibetan Children's Village," said the Dalai Lama's sister who had spent almost her entire life heading the Tibetan Childrens Village, a non-profitable Tibetan school which has more than six branches in north and south India.
Tibetan Children Village school has produced thousands of Tibetan professionals since its inception in 1960 and usually Tibetan community in exile publicly credit the success to the younger sister of the Dalai Lama.
Mrs. Pema has received many international awards applauding for her dedication and service for the education and welfare of the Tibetan refugee children in India.
In 1999, Pema received the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) medal and in 2008, she was awarded the Glory of India Award.
She has also been honored in Italy with the 2006 World's Children Prize for the Rights of the Child (WCPRC), the 2002 Woman of Courage Award and the 2000 International Montessori Award for Education and Peace. Tibetan Parliament in exile awarded her the title "Mother of Tibet" in 1995. She was also awarded honorary doctorate degree by University of San Francisco in 2012.