Friends of Humanity President and Founder, Graziella Zanoletti received an urgent call to attend a high-level meeting on behalf of FOH partner Alice Project. The meeting "Happiness & Wellbeing: Defining a New Economic Paradigm" was called by Jigmi Y. Thinley, Prime Minister of the Royal Government of Bhutan, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on April 2nd, 2012. Graziella Zanoletti was asked to attend and represent the Alice Project because the founders of the project, Valentino Giacomin and Luigina de Biasi, could not attend.
After closing a school in Bodhgaya due to a loss of a major financial backer in 2008, The Alice Project recently decided to open the hostel part of the school for Chakma students. Project Leader Valentino Giacomin states:
"Our Bodhgaya school is recognized by Indian Government (Sanskrit Board) from class IX to class XII and B.A. (University). Now it is the Exam Centre for Sanskrit students from several Indian states. So, we decided to accept only students for Senior High School and Degree College. The first batch of 25 Chakma students (class IX) arrived in 2009, from Arunachal Pradesh. Now we have 52 resident Chakma students studying in class IX, X and XI. (We will write a new newsletter about Chakmas and their sponsors). At this time there were no local children in our school. Before Kalachakra Initiation, our President, Tenzin Tsewang, met His Holiness The Dalai Lama (who is the Patron of Alice Project) in South India and talked about our Educational Project and our successful results. When His Holiness came to know that there was not an Alice Project school for local children in Bodhgaya, He asked our President to open again the school and He promised to support it.Without delay, we opened the admission for primary school children.The response from the villagers was enthusiastic
We inaugurated the new school, for 220 children, two months ago. Ten teachers have been employed.
During the Kalachakra Initiation, on a special auspicious day, His Holiness’s Secretary called our President informing him to collect H.H. [the Dalai Lama's] donation for the new school. Needless to say we are delighted not only with the donation, but mainly for the direct interest H.H [the Dalai Lama's]. has for our school.
Now we have found more friends who have promised to support the new Bodhgaya School. Amongst these are our friends Camilla and Lorenzo, from the Italian Onlus Associazione Anjali who are currently working as volunteers at the Aghor Foundation, in Varanasi. They have kindly offered the smart board and also a contribution for printing new books for the Bodhgaya children, beside teaching religious anthropology at Sarnath School.
Your advice and contribution of any kind are welcome so that this new “His Holiness Bodhgaya School” becomes a pilot Centre for Spiritual Education integrated with traditional instruction."
Support of major international actors such as the UN and His Holiness the Dalai Lama show the Alice Project is making unique strides in the field of education in rural India
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