Originally posted on Beezy ‘s Facebook page, and shared with her permission.
Being at Jhamtse Gatsal Children’s Community is wonderful and always full of new adventures. But sometimes it feels very far from home.
I’m teaching English to grades 7, 8 and 9, and helping with a variety of special projects. The 15 students of class 9, all of whom came here at about age 8-9 (but believed to be 5-7 at the time), are truly remarkable human beings. Having been here for 7 years, they’ve been part of the trials and triumphs that have been part of the growing process for this community. They are totally at one with the philosophy of founder and director, Lama Lobsang Phuntsok, that learning to be a kind and loving human being is the most important goal of education. Yet they’re eager and enthusiastic students in all their academic as well as practical subjects.
They viewed the New York Times video about Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize after being shot through the head by the Taliban for speaking out on behalf of education for girls, recovering, and continuing her advocacy stronger than ever. They were really inspired by seeing how one girl their own age was making a difference in the world. Then they each wrote an essay about what they believed in so strongly that they would like to tell the world. Each one chose a different issue. Now the authors of the two essays judged best by the class are perfecting their essays and practicing to present them as speeches before the entire school.
I’m also working with a small group of 8th and 9th graders who decided to work on a project to improve Jhamtse Gatsal. They were concerned that the waste water from the kitchen was just running down the mountainside. Now they’re investigating ways to filter out the food particles, which will be added to the compost, and how to pump the grey water up to the garden.
Hope is most important for people because hope will remain with us even we lost everything else. We can hope for many things. Some hopes will not succeed but many of our hope will succeed. To make our hopes come true we have to work hard and have courage. To make our hopes come true, we need help of other peoples. A hope of one person is like a single rain-drop. Hope of many people can make an ocean of hope, dear my brothers and sisters. Person without hope is aimless. So, never give up.
The most important things for me in our life is that both men and women have to have equal chance to be educated. If both have equal chance education then our world will improve faster and faster. Maybe peace will come.
Both of us can discover new things that now we didn’t have. If we have to discover new thing then maybe both educated men & women will be needed. If we don’t have equality then we cannot help at that time. This is the profit of an equal chance of education.
Education is not just learning facts and writing exam. Education is developing a kind heart.
A person without education is like a fish without water. We thank our donors and sponsors that today we are getting equal chance of education due to your support.