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 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, District Kangra, Dharamsala Cantt. 176 216, India (home); Tel: (1892) 221507 (home); Fax: (1892) 221670 (home); Email: [email protected] .

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