His Holiness the Dalai Lama has time and again emphasized the importance of studying Tibetan language and culture, in particular through educating the youth. PTE took this teaching as its guiding principle.
For the next generation of Tibetans to become well rounded individuals, they need to have a full understanding of their mother tongue, moral values, warmheartedness, compassion, keeping an open mind, and working to sustain peace. With this in mind, it is clear that preserving Tibetan culture is of utmost importance.
Sharing the Tibetan culture with peoples of all nationalities and backgrounds is also very important to PTE. Many of our programs are open to all interested. PTE believes through sharing we gain a better understanding of what connects us as human beings. PTE works with its supporters to further these efforts.
PTE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in the United States. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
Our mission is to preserve and promote Tibetâ€™s language and culture through education to its children. PTE is dedicated to educating young Tibetans in their endangered language, arts and cultural heritage through innovative education activities and immersion programs in partnership with other interested organizations.
Having worked for over 20 years for the Tibetan refugee communities in India, Pema Dechen Gorap brings a wealth of experience, valuable skills and knowledge to the role.
Ms. Gorap was born in Tibet, raised and educated in India and served the Tibetan refugee community in India for 23 years from 1973 to 1996 in the following capacities:
She started her teaching career at Tibetan Homes Foundation and later as a Senior School teacher at Tibetan Children's Village (TCV), Dharamsala for over ten years. She was an active member of the Tibetan Youth Congress in its formative years in Bangalore and Mussoorie. She served on the board of the Tibetan Women's Association for two terms (8 years) as Vice President and Acting President.
She was elected to the Tibetan Parliament in exile in 1991 and served a five year term. She also served as the General Secretary / Director, Tibetan Homes Foundation, Mussoorie - appointed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
After immigrating to the US in late 1996, she served as the President of Tibetan Association of Colorado and as the Executive Director of Colorado Friends of Tibet. In 1998, Ms. Gorap moved to the Washington, D.C. area and was elected President of the Capital Area Tibetan Association. During her term as president, she worked closely with the Conservancy for Tibetan Art and Culture and the Smithsonian Institution on the 2000 Folklife Festival: Tibetan Culture Beyond the Land of Snows. She was the Outreach Coordinator as a member of the Organizing Committee for the 2011 Kalachakra for World Peace held in Washington, D.C.
Currently she works as a Tibetan journalist and is dedicating her spare time and talents to PTE