Himalaya Balbalika

The projects developed by Himalaya Balbalika respect and promote local tradition; paying special attention to protecting the cultural inheritance of the Tamang people, whilst at the same time ensuring there is the opportunity for living a comfortable life in the rapidly modernising world around them. As well as supporting individual children and ensuring they receive the best education available, Freedom to Learn also aims to offer support to organisations and NGO’s based in India and Nepal who share our goals and working ethos. For example, Himalaya Balbalika runs several educational projects for children from remote areas of the Nepalese Himalayas. Based
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Conversations in Kullu

Freedom to Learn has facilitated Conversations in Kullu – a development project enabling students at the Himalayan Buddhist Cultural School to learn more about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and to explore what this charter means in relation to their own lives and experiences. The project was co-ordinated by FTL trustees, India and UK based development facilitators, and Head of the School, Palki Thakur. Conversations in Kullu worked with children aged 13 and 14 yrs and used the mediums of drama and video. The project was also used as an opportunity to train local Tibetan teachers
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Become a Pen Pal

Many of the children we work with do not have ready access to television and other forms of media,  yet they are extremely interested in learning about other countries and cultures and the way we live. On the flip side, we believe that this cultural understanding is of enormous value to children in the UK; enabling them to gain an understanding and appreciation of how others live, which can have a significant impact on a child’s outlook. The project not only involves pen and paper, but also ‘video letters,’ where the children get to talk to each other in a
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