Executive Counselor for Higher Education Mohd. Shafi Lassu remembers strapping metal runners on army boots and taking to the Karzoo zing when he was young. Long before hockey skates, sticks and pucks arrived in Ladakh, kids still needed sports to fill the long winter school break.
So when a group of Domkhar and Shayok youth invited him to play a bit of street hockey in front of the Hill Council Secretariat, he was surely up to the challenge.
Seeing how easily ice hockey can be adapted to "street hockey" made him reflect on the potential benefit of supplying each Government High School with a set of sticks and pucks.
What? Something other than cricket in India?
Brent Hamilton from the American Embassy School agreed with the Counselor. Hockey offers an opportunity for team work, encourages perseverance and provides a whole lot of fun for both boys and girls. Try to say all that about cricket.
The Council remains challenged in making Winter Tuition an experience that kids are excited about, challenged by and take ownership of.
Street hockey in summer. Ice hockey in winter. Why not?
Cynthia will be blogging as she works with our Himalayan projects this year.