The concept of the model school will be oriented towards the Indian state curriculum and simultaneously promote practical knowledge taught in various courses and workshops.

A model school for Kalimpong

Furthermore, it will put much emphasis on the cultural background of the students and will integrate Buddhist ethics and knowledge in the classes and daily school life.

The education concept of KCE in brief

  • boarding school for lay boys and girls from class 1 to class 10
  • in a pleasant family atmosphere
  • general education based on the Indian educational system
  • age-appropriate introduction into Buddhism
  • languages: Nepali, English, Tibetan
  • Western volunteer guest teachers from different backgrounds and with various skills will hold workshops in
    • music/traditional instruments
    • craft/art/painting
    • yoga/sport
    • nutrition/healthcare
    • agriculture/gardening

Aims and objectives of this education

The overall aim for this educational concept is to train and promote each student according to his natural abilities and talents.

As this training will be complemented with a relevant contemporary curriculum, students will receive a government recognized diploma at the end of their schooling.

Moreover, the students will have acquired various language skills as well as practical skills in several fields and have received traditional trainings in and thereby have gained a sound knowledge in different buddhist subjects.

Afterwards, students can choose to pursue their studies at a Buddhist University (Shedra), enter any Buddhist community, transfer to a higher secondary school or begin their working life.

A Meeting Point for East and West

Another important part of education at Gyalwa Karmapa's new school will be provided by guest teachers from abroad. Under their guidance, students will have the opportunity to deepen their newly acquired English language skills as well as participate in various workshops. In this way, students can gain an insight into practical subjects such as handicrafts, healthcare, organic agriculture, sport and the field of the arts.

The 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje
about the importance of education

Education is invaluable, because it helps us
to cultivate the innate pure qualities
that we as human beings possess.

Wherever we search in the world
we come to realise that without education,
which I would define as knowledge
that offers compassion and wisdom,
human beings lose the opportunity
to develop their mind and
life becomes about mere survival.

Team of instructors

In order to implement the new school concept, teachers with a monastic education and qualifications will live at KCE. In order to follow the state curriculum, qualified local teachers will be employed and to link the school concept with Western pedagogy methods, qualified primary school teachers from abroad have committed themselves for the first school year at KCE.

Local teachers and those from abroad will work and teach together as a team. Moreover, the teachers from abroad will train the local teachers during the entire school year in alternative teaching methods.

The Three Pillars of the Model School

As illustrated in the graphic, the teaching concept of the new model school is based on three pillars. In this way, the students will receive a well-rounded and comprehensive education, which on the one hand comprises the complete knowledge of a traditional Buddhist education, which normally is only imparted in the monasteries.

Additionally, the school concept will follow the state curriculum, so that the students can acquire a school diploma at KCE. The third pillar is the holistic approach, which shall in addition to the traditional knowledge and the primarily, theoretically oriented state curriculum incorporate a lot of practical and artistic elements to reveal all capacities and talents of the students. The integration of alternative teaching methods will therefore play an important role at KCE.