Siddhartha School Project

Welcome! by scottcronenweth
February 28, 2010, 1:48 pm
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Siddhartha School began in 1995, with 25 nursery school students in a 2-room rented house. Today the school educates over 250 students from nursery school through 10th grade (the end of “high school” in India) and has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest private schools in Ladakh.

But unlike other private schools in the region, Siddhartha School accepts children regardless of their ability to pay tuition. It is, to my knowledge, the only school in all of Ladakh where poor kids can get a first-rate, culturally supportive education.

Ladakhis live in a mind-blowing flux of modern and traditional realities. Without adequate education their culture’s core values of compassion and cooperation will be swept away by India’s growing competitive economy. Ironically, among the best reason to support learning at Siddhartha School is to empower Ladakhi culture so the rest of the world can “learn from Ladakh” before it’s too late.

On behalf of the children and staff of Siddhartha School and its headmaster, Khen Rinpoche Geshe Lobzang Tsetan: thank you for all you do – including reading this blog and making others aware of it. The school is alive and thriving thanks to you.

I sincerely hope you enjoy this blog and find it interesting and inspiring. Please share your comments and questions about Siddhartha School, Ladakh, education in India, and related topics.

Scott Cronenweth
Siddhartha School Project


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