TAB Sunday School is a program of the Tibetan Association of Boston. Tibetan Sunday School meets weekly for four hours. Over seventy-five children, from five to eighteen years old, engage in study, performance, and community events. The school is truly a community endeavor, led by a parents' committee and taught by volunteer educators. We actively engage our broader communities in special events throughout the year, sharing the unique culture and traditions of Tibet with our families, friends, and neighbors, and exposing our children to the rich diversity of life in the greater Boston area.
Boston was one of first cluster sites where Tibetans resettled under the Tibetan-United States Resettlement Project (TRP). The TRP, a provision of the 1990 Immigration Act, provided U. S. immigration visas to one thousand Tibetans from India and Nepal. Under this project, between 1990 and 1997, 250 Tibetans immigrated to the Boston area. With support from others in the Boston area, this community founded The Tibetan Association of Boston (TAB) in 1992. Gradually, the community felt a need for a Tibetan weekend school, where children could learn Tibetan language, literature and culture. In 1996, TAB established a Parents’ Committee and launched the TAB Sunday School at Swedenborg Chapel in Cambridge. Ten years later, in 2006, the overall management of the school was handed over to the Parents Committee by the Executive Board of the TAB.
Mission: Preserve, Educate, Empower
The mission of the school is to preserve the rich culture and heritage of Tibet; educate our children in Tibetan language, performing arts, history, and religion; and empower them to engage fully and meaningfully in our community and broader world.