Tibetan Youth Association in Europe
For over forty years the Tibetan Youth Association in Europe (TYAE) has offered a platform for young Tibetans where they can engage politically. The TYAE seeks independent and youth-orientated answers to all questions related to Tibet. The desire to provide a service to the community has always been, and still is, in the foreground.
From protests, film festivals, concerts, talks at schools, panel discussions, action camps, children's camps, language classes to organising several Youth Parliaments, international solidarity rallies and campaigns - the TYAE works on many levels to strengthen the political awareness of Tibetan youth and promote solidarity among young Tibetans in exile.
The forcible occupation of Tibet by the People's Republic of China must never be forgotten. Therefore the TYAE is constantly striving to represent the concerns of the oppressed Tibetan people to the public in the west. Since its founding, the TYAE has campaigned for a Tibet free from China. Furthermore, as the statutes point out, it has always supported His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration.
Since its founding, the TYAE has set a goal to create a place where young Tibetans from all over Europe can meet and exchange. Together we strive to preserve and support Tibetan religion and culture.
"In many societies, the youth represent a force for renewal. To use this power, they must be able to grab hold of the freedom to represent positions that differ from the opinion of the majority. In other words, they can provoke and they must criticise . The youth must stimulate a re-thinking of the prevailing conditions and habits to effect change. This was and is especially true for the Tibetan youth. As sad as the long period of 50 years in exile may be, we may look upon the Tibetan youth with hope and pride. Their modern education, coupled with their anchoring in Buddhist thought, as well as their idealism are assets to us in the freedom struggle of our people." Kelsang Gyaltsen, special representative of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to Europe and former TYAE president (1978-1980)
The TYAE is the largest Tibetan youth organization in Europe. About half of the members are divided into sections according to interests and region. The rest of the members are involved as individual members. Based in Zurich, the TYAE has been worldwide active for over 40 years.
The voluntary nature of the TYAE and understanding of the members of the necessity of their commitment makes up the essential basis of the association.