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January 22, 2013
Elementary school by *Borymir
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Elementary school



Tibetan school, Qinghai, China

OK, thanks for your comments and let me add some more explanation. This is actually a school in the poorest region of Western China inhabited mostly by Tibetans and Mongolians (Qinghai used to be a part of historic Tibet, but the Chinese decided that it should be excluded from their province bearing this name today).
The school is quite poor and only basically equipped (with some help of Japanese government).
I was a member of an international group visiting this area, so the Chinese hosts tried their best to show openess and tolerance, but obviously it's just the official propaganda. Both Tibetans and Mongolians have quite limited rights under Chinese rule. These children learn in their own language, but as they grow up they will undergo a brain wash, with barely hidden aim of making obedient Chinese citizens out of them.
Now they are just 7 or 8 yrs old and they learn hard. Their families - mostly simple paesants or rather herdsmen - believe that only literacy and education will help them to get out of poverty. And it's a matter of fact, beyond any political intention of state bureaucracy.
My picture just shows this sincere faith and diligence, rarely seen in Western societies nowadays. That's it.

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Date Taken
Jun 15, 2008, 9:51:14 AM
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