Hi guest, Register | Login | Contact Us
Welcome to Phayul.com - Our News Your Views
Sun 24, Mar 2019 10:57 PM (IST)
Search:     powered by Google
 MENU
Home
News
Photo News
Opinions
Statements &
Press Releases

Book Reviews
Movie Reviews
Interviews
Travels
Health
Obituaries
News Discussions
News Archives
Download photos from Tibet
 Latest Stories
World Water Day: China’s damming of rivers in Tibet continues to violate the water rights of the downstream countries
Educational institutes should resist China’s effort to undermine academic freedom: HRW
Kashag secretary Topgyal Tsering appointed new minister in Sangay's cabinet
Buddha’s teaching of ‘no attachment’ remains a good way to counter phishing: CTA President
Dalai Lama sends prayers, condolence for victims of Christchurch shootings
China’s claim over reincarnation of Dalai Lama disregards tradition, violates religious freedom: Pro-Tibet group
US Secretary of State urges Nepal not to deport Tibetan refugees
Sixty Years Today: A Martyr Shot on the Banks of Lhasa’s Kyichu River
Tibetan MP objects to the use of the word ‘foe’ to describe PRC
The 7th session of the 16th Tibetan parliament-in-exile commences
 Latest Photo News
His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrives at Theckchen Choeling temple on the second day of his teachings, McLeod Ganj, Feb. 20, 2019 Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
Winner of the Miss Himalaya Pageant 2018 Ritika Sharma, First Runner-up Palak Sharma and Second-Runner-up Ashima Sharma wave to the audience during the Miss Himalaya Pageant 2018 in McLeod Ganj, India, on 6 October 2018, Photo: L. Wangyal
His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrives to begin his four day teaching on the request of a Taiwanese group, Tsuglakhang courtyard, Theckchen Choeling, McLeod Ganj, October . 3, 2018. OHHDL Photo/Ven. Tenzin Jamphel
more photos »
Advertisement
Toronto District School Board ends ties with Confucius Institute
Phayul[Friday, October 31, 2014 04:34]
By Phuntsok Yangchen

DHARAMSHALA, October 30: The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) yesterday decided to terminate all its deal with Chinese Government funded Confucius Institutes following a series of protests by Tibetans in Toronto.

Twenty out of twenty-two Trustees had voted to terminate the deal with Confucius institute at a meeting yesterday. Hundreds of Tibetan protesters gathered outside the TDSB’s headquarters ahead of meeting demonstrating against the program.

Students for a Free Tibet, one of the organizations actively campaigning against Confucius Institute has called this move a “success for academic freedom, freedom of expression and for Tibet and other sensitive issues by the campaigners.”

Urgyen Badheytsang, National Director of Students for a Free Tibet-Canada said, “Tonight the wolf in sheep’s clothing was exposed. The Chinese government’s secret mission to use Confucius Institutes to shut down free discussions on Tibet and human rights in our schools has received the final seal of rejection. As a Tibetan and an alumni of the Toronto school system, I thank the Trustees for standing up for our students, academic freedom, and denying China’s undemocratic, authoritarian government a place in our classrooms.”

Last year, The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) passed a resolution to end all ties with Confucius Institutes. McMaster University in Ontario shut down their Confucius Institute for concerns about possible human rights violations and discriminatory hiring practices.

“Toronto is championing the rejection of Chinese government propaganda and censorship on Tibet and other sensitive issues by expelling the Confucius Institute from our schools today. Allowing the Confucius Institute into our classrooms would have meant allowing China’s undemocratic government to influence the education of our youth. We’re here as Tibetans, Chinese, members of religious communities, human rights advocates and concerned parents, and we are relieved that the Chinese government will not have any influence in our schools anymore,” said Tashi Nangsetsang, a concerned Tibetan parent from Toronto.

There are eight Confucius Institutes in Canada and over 300 worldwide. Though the Chinese government claimed the institutes simply promoted Chinese language and culture the Canadian Security Intelligence Service said they’re part of China’s efforts to extend its “soft power” abroad.

Print Send Bookmark and Share
  Readers' Comments »
Be the first to comment on this article

 Other Stories
Nepal to deny refugee papers to Tibetans: sources
Toronto District School Board ends ties with Confucius Institute
Advertisement
Advertisement
Photo Galleries
Advertisement
Phayul.com does not endorse the advertisements placed on the site. It does not have any control over the google ads. Please send the URL of the ads if found objectionable to editor@phayul.com
Copyright © 2004-2019 Phayul.com   feedback | advertise | contact us
Powered by Lateng Online
Advertisement