Machik’s 2011 Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) was held from July 22 to August 19 on the Tibetan plateau and brought Tibetan, Chinese, and global volunteers to work with rural Tibetan students.
The volunteers hailed from Cornell University, Emory University, George Washington University, University of Pennsylvania, Southwest University for Nationalities, Tibet University, and the University of Virginia, among other schools.
High school students from Appleby College in Toronto, Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, and the Shanghai Foreign Language University in Fuzhong, participated in the Community Mapping Project (CMP), which documents cultural knowledge of local Tibetan communities.
The students’ accomplishments include the following:
- An original drama performance (in English) of a Tibetan folktale by the theater class
- Learning English
- Studying Tibetan and Tibetan literature
- The formation of Forever Together Ltd., a student-run social business that collaborated with the music and art classes to earn a 5,200 RMB profit, which they donated back to Machik
- Performance of Tibetan songs and dances at the final presentation
- Original artwork including a quilt and other mixed media art
- Presentation on scientific projects through fun, hands-on activities
- Creation of a music CD in English and Tibetan
- Forming new friendships among Tibetans from different regions, Chinese, and global volunteers
The SEP is a unique program that offers much needed educational enrichment to rural Tibetan students while strengthening cross-cultural understanding among all participants. Thank you to all the donors who generously supported 2011 SEP. We hope you will continue your support by donating to the 2012 SEP. Together we can continue to enrich the education of Tibetan children and build understanding in vital ways.
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