World Who's Who Routledge - Taylor and Francis Group





PEMA Jetsun 
Tibetan development worker and former children’s charity director

Date of birth: 7 July 1940


Place of birth: Lhasa


Parentage: d. of the late Choekyong and Dickey Tsering


Family: m. 1964; two d. one s.


Education: schools in Darjeeling, India and in Switzerland and UK


Career: Dir, later Pres. Tibetan Children’s Villages school for Tibetan refugees (Dharamsala and several Branch, India for over 14,500 children) 1964–2006; Head of Dalai Lama’s del. to report on the state of educ. in Tibet 1980; elected Minister of Educ. in Cabinet of Tibetan Govt-in-Exile 1990; elected first Vice-Pres. Tibetan Youth Congress 1970, adviser, Tibetan Women’s Asscn 1984; member Pres.’s Council SOS-Kinderdorf Int., Vienna


Honours and awards: Hermann Gmeiner Medal 1991, Tibetan Nat. Assembly Mother of Tibet Award 1995, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Medal 1999, Nat. Asscn of Women Voters of Italy Woman of Courage Award 2002, Hon. Award, World’s Children’s Prize for Rights of Child Sweden 2006, Human Rights Hero Award, Asscn of Human Rights and Tolerance (Italy) 2010, Golden Scroll of Honor, Great Women Awards, BETI Foundation (India) 2014, Mychkine Prize 2014


Publications include: Tibet: My Story (autobiog.) 1996, Pour que refleurisse 2002; contrib. numerous articles to newspapers and magazines


Leisure interests: reading, gardening


Contact details: Address: Retreat Cottage, Dharamsala Cantt. 176 216, District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India (home); Tel: (1892) 221507 (home); Fax: (1892) 221670 (home); Email: headoffice@tcv.org.in .






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