NEW YORK (Jan. 5)
ORT has been asked to undertake a program to train Tibetan refugee youth to become instructors in vocational subjects, it was reported here today. Upon completion, the trainees will become the teaching staff of a proposed trade school for Tibetans who found sanctuary in India. The request was made by the International Council of Voluntary Agencies, which coordinates aid to this refugee group.
The first group of 15 Tibetans, aged 19-21, has already arrived in Teheran, the report said. They are being housed in a recently completed dormitory building adjacent to the school, a section of which has been set aside for them in order to allow the Tibetans to maintain their own cultural and religious milieu. After two years of study, they will return to India.
The Norwegian Refugee Council, in cooperation with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees, will defray the cost of the training project. The Dalai Lama has given his approval.