Free Winter Tuition Initiative by Won Buddhism India & LAHDC Kargil, Ladakh
In Ladakh, in a resounding celebration of educational empowerment, a joint initiative spearheaded by Won-Buddhism India and Hanuran Movement Korea supported by the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Kargil, marked the inauguration of the 3rd year of the transformative free winter tuition program in the serene Himalayan region of Ladakh.
During a small and impressive function at Spring Dales Public School, Mulbekh, Er Phunsok Tashi, Executive Councillor (E.C) of LAHDC Kargil, along with Councillor Shargole Mohd Javed and representatives from various esteemed organizations inaugurated the Free Winter Tuition. The occasion served not only to commence another year of educational opportunity but also to acknowledge and appreciate the collective efforts driving this commendable initiative. This year the Tuition is extended to 6 locations Wakha, Mulbekh, Karsha, Zangla, Fokar Foo and Hinasku.
Since its inception in 2021, this visionary project has aimed to provide free winter tuition to the remote villages of Kargil District over a decade. Commencing with 25 classes of 3 students, the program has now expanded its reach to encompass 141 students across six villages, offering a bilingual education curriculum in Hindi and English.
EC Tashi expressed gratitude to P Namgyal Ajita, President Won Buddhism India and other philanthropists of Hanuran Movement Korea for supporting this kind of educational movement in the remote region of Himalaya.
A testament to innovative design, Er Phunsok Tashi lauded the passive solar building structure at Spring Dales Public School. Highlighting its ability to maintain comfortable temperatures in Pulses without conventional heating systems, he fervently recommended adopting this model for future government schools and Public Health Centres, emphasizing sustainability and efficiency in infrastructure.
Councilor Mohd Javed expressed gratitude for the educational movement within his constituency and appealed for its extension to additional villages. He also acknowledged the dedication of teachers who play a pivotal role in nurturing young minds in this program.
P. Namgyal Ajita, President of Won-Buddhism, underscored the program’s core mission: providing quality education to rural Ladakhi students during winter months without the need for distant and costly tuition centers, fostering a fun-based learning environment and ensuring essential school materials for all participants.
The initiative stands as a beacon of hope, advocating not only for accessible education but also for sustainable infrastructure solutions in remote regions. As it enters its 3rd year, the program represents a harmonious collaboration and a commitment towards shaping a brighter future for the youth of Ladakh.
Contributed by A. Shotopa, NomadLawyer Volunteer, Kargil.