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Tibetan refugee children visit Weston College

Feb 2, 2005

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Tibetan refugee children visit Weston College

REFUGEE children from Tibet, now living in India, made an historic visit to Weston-super-Mare recently to perform a musical show for staff and students at the seaside town’s College. The 12-15-year-olds, clothed in brightly coloured traditional costume, showcased a series of short dances from different regions in Tibet and also played a selection of Tibetan musical instruments. Tsering Passang, a former Weston College student and now the Art and Culture Manager for the Tibet Foundation, said: “I am very proud of these children, they are only young, but they put on such a great show. This is an historic event as Tibetan children from the foundation have not visited the UK before.” The youngsters are on a 21-day cultural tour around the UK, which has been organised by the Tibet Foundation. Sharon Chitty, School Liaison Officer at Weston College, said: “It has been a pleasure for Weston College to be involved in such a multi-cultural event. The children were energetic and enthusiastic, and it really came across in their performance.” The group’s visit forms part of Tibet Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations in 2005. The aim of the trip is to increase awareness of Tibetan culture and create an opportunity for the country’s refugee children to interact and gain insights into British education, culture and social values Tsering added: “We wanted to highlight the importance of education for Tibetan children. The youngsters have only been in the country for a week and I am very pleased with how they have interacted with their British counterparts.” The former Weston College student praised the educational establishment for its impact on his career path. He said: “The college really opened my horizons, I am extremely grateful to the lecturers for welcoming these students. “We would like to thank our sponsors for their continuing support of the Tibet Foundation programme, which helps around 1,000 Tibetan refugees in India and Nepal, including monks and nuns, young adults, old people and school children.” Source: Porcupine PR - http://www.porcupinepr.co.uk/view.aspx?ID=44