Ladakh, literally “the land of high passes” separates the peaks of the western Himalaya from the vast Tibetan plateau. Opened to tourism in 1974, Ladakh is often called “Little Tibet, a land marked by Buddhist monasteries, “gompas”.
Ladakh has a population of about 260,000 which is made up of a number of different ethnic groups. The most dominant group are Tibetans, followed by Mons and Dards.
Schools are well distributed throughout Ladakh, but 75% of them provide only primary education. 65% of the children attend school, but absenteeism of both students and teachers remains high.