Education Project in Eastern Tibet
Danakosha Trust has had a long-term education project in the Eastern Tibetan autonomous Region in the People’s Republic of China. The project was originally initiated by a Tibetan village community. They approached Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche, a lama living in Finland, through their local monastery. It is common in Tibetan culture that local people put their trust the local monastery’s spiritual and material help. Similarly the monastery is dependent on community’s support. Because of this, Danakosha Trust works in cooperation with the local monastery and the village community throughout the project. The common goal is to increase the community’s well-being and to maintain local culture.
Among the people living in the community are nomads, who live in harsh conditions throughout the year. Access to education and health facilities are lacking. Families often can’t afford to send their children to study, besides traveling to the nearest school can take hours.
At the moment there are approximating 50 local students studying at the education center built with support from Danakosha Trust. In 2012 a dormitory was built to accommodate especially those children and youth whose families live and work far away. In autumn 2013 two new classrooms were completed. The next building phase will consist of a common meeting hall and teacher’s offices.
At first the teaching has concentrated on reading and writing. In future other subjects, such as environmental studies and health education, will be added to the curriculum. Teaching is given in the children’s own mother tongue and according to local cultural customs. In the future the amount of pupils will be increased. The new spaces will serve as a place for educational and cultural activities for both the nomad children and their parents.