Founder and Spiritual Lead Yeshe-Ö / Serkong Tsenshap Rinpoche
Address: Tabo Monastery, The Institute of Studies in Buddhist Philosophy & Tribal Cultural Society, Village and P.O. Tabo, Distt. Lahaul and Spiti, Himachal Pradesh 172113, India
Phone: +91 1906 223 315 / +91 94189 63082
Website: http://www.tabomonastery.com/school.php / http://www.aarogya.com/tabo/school.html
The Serkong School was established by Tabo Monastery in 1999 with the purpose of creating a new learning environment for the younger generation of the valley where the Monastery is situated. Presently the school has 274 children ranging in age from 5 to 14 years old. Classes 1-8 study the subjects English, Hindi and Bhoti (Tibetan) languages, Social Science, Social Studies, Maths and General Knowledge. The upper classes also study Computing, Sanskrit language and Art. Fifteen teachers coordinate the study curriculum and prepare students to be able to continue their high school study in Dharamsala.Most students at Serkong School live in the school’s hostel accommodation, receiving all their care and food needs by the school. There are also some day students that attend the school.
Among the main aims of the School is also to preserve and promote the culture, Bhoti (Tibetan) language and religion of Spiti people for the future generations.
Tabo Monastery is involved in the management of Serkong School. Geshe Sonam Wangdui has been a driving force behind the development of the school. Geshe-la believes that the school is of great importance to not only help preserve the rich traditions of the valley but also give the local children a modern education.