A child’s first language is critical to his or her identity. Maintaining this language helps the child value his or her culture and heritage immensely, which contributes to a positive self-concept.
What we see all around the world is the use of either a major commercial language or a colonial language as the medium of instruction in schools. This has been seen in India also with the share of English as a school language increasing continuously. The students in India therefore have remained aloof from the benefits that come with being educated in their mother tongue. At Lamdon, we have always given importance and priority towards the learning of our own Bhoti Language since the very inception. We also have from the very beginning supported the inclusion of Bhoti Language in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution.
It is with great pleasure that we the school administration and students extend our heartiest gratitude and appreciation to our Member of Parliament Shri. Jamyang Tsering Namgyal for moving the Private member bill in the Lower House of the Indian parliament for the inclusion of Bhoti Language in the 8' Schedule of the Constitution of India. We are sure that this move and your efforts will surely pave way for the inclusion of the Bhoti Language in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution.
We equally are very glad and happy that the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh has decided to celebrate the 1st of April every year as Bhoti Language Day and we wholeheartedly endorse the same.
Like the rest of Ladakh, we also observed the Bhoti Language Day yesterday on the 4th of April at the Gyalsras Bakula Rinpoche Hall where the students participated in numerous competitions such as Speech, Poem, easy writing and painting competitions. We are extremely happy to see a large number of students participating in the events.
Most Ven. Khanpo Konchok Thupstan, Associate Professor at the CIBS very kindly graced the occasion as the chief guest and delivered a thought provoking and inspiring message to the children and appreciated the schools contribution in the promotion of Bhoti Language since the very inception. He very kindly and generously dedicated Rs. 20,000 towards the publication of the various speeches, poems, eases and paintings of the Children’s. We are grateful to him for his generous contribution.
In his address, our Principal Dr. Stanzin Dawa expressed his appreciation to the team of Bhoti Teachers for organising this program in a short span of time. He also share how our own Bhoti Language is for the students, teachers and each and every citizens of Ladakh who takes pride in calling it our mother tongue.