Workshop method

The sensory workshop for pre-primary teachers ends

Dolker Wangmo, Chief Advisor to the Ministry of Education, speaking during the opening program.

Dharamshala: The Department of Education (DoE) of the Central Tibetan Administration organized a five-day sensory workshop for pre-primary teachers from 27-31 August 2022 at Peace and Dialogue House, TCV Upper, Dharamshala. A total of 31 pre-primary teachers, including 17 from the Sambhota Tibetan School Society, 10 from the Tibetan Children’s Village School and 4 from the Tibetan Home School, participated in the workshop.

Diwo Lhamo Pemba, an AMI certified trainer, volunteered to lead the workshop for Tibetan pre-primary teachers. She also led a training for Tibetan pre-primary teachers in the years 2017 and 2019.

The opening program was attended by Dolker Wangmo, Chief Advisor to the Ministry of Education. She stressed the importance of such training for teachers of young children as they are the basis for instilling positive growth in children.

The training covers various topics such as; Introduction to sensory, dimensional materials, guided practice, visual sense, tactile sense, taste sense, olfactory sense, auditory sense, stereognostic sense, lessons in three periods, sensory games and mixed impression, how to observe children supporting their holistic growth and the role of adults in the Montessori environment. In addition to theoretical knowledge, the training also includes a number of practical lessons/presentations.

The August 31 closing program was chaired by Tenzin Dorjee, Head of Academic Section, DoE, along with Ven. Lobsang Thinlay, Montessori Head of TCV, and Tenzin Chomphel, Director of Infant Section, TCV Higher School.

Tenzin Dorjee expressed his gratitude to Lhamo Pemba for graciously accepting our request to lead the training of our teachers. He also highlighted the importance of pre-primary teachers in the lives of students and the integration of lessons from the workshop into schools. One of the participants said in her comments that it was her first time attending a workshop for pre-primary teachers and that the practical experience of the sensory teaching method taught during the workshop had given her a new level of trust.

Tenzin Tsega and Sonam Gangsang from the DoE coordinated the workshop. The Sensory Workshop is generously funded by USAID.

-Report submitted by the Ministry of Education-

Participants actively participate in the sensory workshop for pre-primary teachers

group photos of participants in the sensory workshop for pre-primary teachers

Tenzin Dorjee, Head of the Academic Section, speaking during the closing program.