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Education Project - Gashar Norling School
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Project Overview

Shartse College manages the Gaden Shartse Norling Monastic School, whose enrollment stands at 400 monks. It educates the youngest monks (ages 6-12), many of them orphans, in Buddhist philosophy, debate, Tibetan language, literature, calligraphy, English, and math. Its staff is comprised of over 20 ordained teachers and several layTibetan teachers from the local community. The school needs to pay for faculty stipends and salaries, textbooks, and school supplies. Additionally, funds must be raised in order for Shartse to host the grand winter debate summit, an annual event and duty rotated among the 6 major Tibetan Buddhist Gelug monasteries. The annual costs for the School and periodic debate summit: $19,000 USD.