The Tibetan Nuns Project (TNP), a US-registered charity based in Seattle and the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India, has announced a fundraising appeal to address an urgent need for new textbooks mathematics, science and English for Buddhist nunneries. under his charge.
“The new academic year begins shortly after February 10 and Tibetan Buddhist nuns urgently need it. . . manuals,” the TNP said in an announcement shared with BDG. “Three convents have already sent their lists of books they would like to purchase from Collins India. We are waiting to receive the textbook requirements from the four remaining convents we support as well as the list of story books needed for Shugsep Convent.
The three convents that have so far detailed their academic wish lists are: Shugsep Convent and Institute, which houses approximately 100 nuns; Geden Choeling, the oldest convent in Dharamsala, with 200 nuns; and Dolma Ling, which houses 250 nuns.
“A textbook provides all the plans and lessons needed to cover a subject in sufficient detail. They save time and energy when searching for information and provide a reliable reference point,” TNP explained. “Although we now have a science learning program in convents for one month a year, if teachers had each level of science and general culture textbooks in their classes, it would liven up their lessons and help explain the topics scientists. »
The TNP added: “So far, the (three) convents have requested 1 English textbooks for their 005 nuns. »
The Shugsep Convent and Institute hope to acquire books on mathematics, science, English grammar and composition.
“The convent's last major book purchase was years ago and the books were so popular that they are now in ruins,” the TNP noted. “Shugsep Convent needs 369 textbooks, at a cost of $2. »
TNP also reported that the abbot of Geden Choeling wanted the nuns to study mathematics, but that the convent lacked suitable textbooks.
“They asked for help to purchase textbooks so that teachers could use them as ideas and exercises in their classes,” TNP said. “Geden Choeling would like 362 textbooks at a cost of $1. »
Dolma Ling teachers requested higher-level textbooks that were previously unavailable, as well as grammar and composition books.
“Dolma Ling has so far requested 274 textbooks at a cost of $1,” TNP said.
“A single book can transform hundreds of lives. The textbooks provide organized units of work with each lesson carefully explained. Because they are illustrated, students can imagine and visualize concepts,” the association concluded. “The (total) cost of these orders is US$5. The average cost of a textbook is between 563 and 5 US dollars, so even if you could help purchase a textbook that would be wonderful.
The Tibetan Nuns Project provides education and humanitarian assistance to refugee nuns from Tibet and the Himalayan regions of India. Established under the auspices of the Tibetan Women's Association and the Department of Religion and Culture of the Central Tibetan Administration, the TNP supports hundreds of nuns of all Tibetan Buddhist lineages and seven nunneries. Many nuns are refugees from Tibet, but the organization also extends to India's Himalayan borderlands, where women and girls have little access to education and religious training.