Help Stock a Library in a Rural Tibetan School
Help stock the library for the newly opened Chungba Middle School (CMS) in the village of Chungba on the Tibetan plateau. Your gift will help ensure educational sustainability and the cultural identity of rural children in the Tibetan plateau.
The vast area of the Tibet plateau has a population of approximately six million Tibetans. Its female literacy rate is about 13% while the male literacy rate is 38%. Machik’s Chungba Middle School (CMS) addresses this need as it will be only the second middle school in the history of Litang County. Moreover, the CMS will be the sixth middle school teaching Tibetan in all of Ganzi Prefecture, a region of nearly a million Tibetans. The CMS and its library will specifically serve three poor rural townships of over 6,000 farmers and nomads spread across a valley system whose 300 children have nowhere else to continue their education onto grades 7,8, and 9. Machik believes that education represents the most fundamental means to strengthening human capacity and is committed to finding ways to support education for Tibetan communities through its schools, training programs, libraries and online resources. The CMS and its Library are examples of projects that help increase literacy rates in the region thus helping to secure the sustainability of the plateau.
Partner since September, 2008
Machik works to help chart new pathways forward as communities on the Tibetan plateau approach uncertain times. They work directly with local Tibetan communities to help overcome many uncertainties. Their programs include education (rural, urban, primary to middle school, college scholarships, vocational training), women’s initiatives (education for girls and young women, women’s literature and publishing), conservation (solar technologies, greenhouses, clean water), social entrepreneurs (film-makers, health workers, etc), and income generation (incense, motorbike repairs, tourism, etc.). By providing new resources, networks, tools and technology, Machik's goal is to establish a portal for developing new partnerships that can help create alternative pathways toward a strong, healthy, and more sustainable future on the Tibetan plateau. Through outreach efforts to Tibetans, Chinese, and global citizens alike, they seek to build a shared understanding of the potential of their work for a collective future. Machik’s Ruth Walter Chungba Primary School (CPS), now in its seventh year of operation, has set a new standard for rural Tibetan primary education in Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.