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"In 1959, when all was lost in Tibet and I had just arrived in India, Prime Minister Nehru assured me that the real way to serve the Tibetan cause was to give our children a proper education. Education is like a universal panacea, which is as appropriate elsewhere today as it was to the Tibetan community then.

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Childhood and youth are a time of learning and training in preparation for life ahead. Although human beings are naturally intelligent, when we are young we have some freedom and flexibility of thought and action because we do not have many obligations. However, this natural freedom and intelligence will only become fruitful if they are given proper guidance and encouragement. Education is the foundation of all personal and social improvement and to make it available to others is one of the greatest gifts. To do so is truly to honor children."

Vol. 26, Issue 02, Page 45

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