Switzerland: A five-day Tibetan language and culture summer camp is currently underway in Aarburg, Switzerland. As children having summer break from schools, Tibetan Community in Switzerland and Liechtenstein has organised the Tibetan language and culture summer camp, first of its kind from 27 July to 31 July 2019.
43 Tibetan children from six Tibetan weekend schools across Switzerland and two Tibetan children from Austria have enrolled in the summer camp.
The objectives of the program are to bring growing new generation together under one roof and provide a conducive Tibetan speaking environment to immerse them into their root, improve Tibetan language skills and build friendly relation amongst children.
With fun-filled sessions in tents surrounded by colourful Tibetan prayer flags, all participants are divided into four elements – Earth, Air, Fire and Water- groups with 10 staffs. Children are engaged in various sessions, including learning daily prayer recitation, Tibetan history, culture, language, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teaching of inner human values, love and compassion.
During the second day of the program, on 28 July, Representative Chhimey Rigzen accompanied by Sonam Tharchin, Tibet Bureau in Geneva, paid visit to the summer camp site. Representative Chhimey while addressing the gathering said, “all Tibetan Children are the root of future Tibet”. Every single child shoulders a crucial role in preserving Tibetan culture, language and identity, Representative Chhimey added. He further emphasised all the attendee to be indebted and remember the kindness and long-sighted vision of His Holiness the great14th Dalai Lama.
With support and direction from Norbu Tsamda, President, and Chokchampa Phuntsok, Vice-President of Tibetan Community in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, a four-member core organising committee team; Tsewatsang Gyamtso, Director of Tibetan Weekend School, Tsewang T. Munsel, Head of Tibetan Weekend School, Aargau section, Berndt-Nesar Tsering Norzom from Zurich and Sumukha Gewa Sangpo from Basel Tibetan Community, has taken key in-charge for organising the summer camp.