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Dear friends,
This year has marked an important step in the history of Alice Project. In April in fact we started the 25th scholastic year, which will end in March 2019.
A year particularly intense, full of important events, as you will see from this Christmas Letter in which ample space is given to students.
In December Valentino, who was in France, came back to India after having known that Alice Project had been chosen by HH Dalai Lama to organize an important event about Education.
Mr Tsewang Tenzin, our president, immediately started to work for the success of the event together with a group of volunteers from Bihar

Before the event, HH Dalai Lama’s sister paid a visit to our school in Bodhgaya. She Jetsun Pema La, and she is called The Mother of Tibet, because of her tireless work in favor of Tibetan children, for which she received an award from UNESCO in 1999. Her husband and some representatives of the Tibetan Parliament were with her.
After visiting the school and having a talk with Valentino, she realized the validity of the method, given the results obtained so far, and expressed appreciation to Alice Project.

In the same period of time, famous American actor Richard Gere came and visited the school at Bodhgaya, while talking to Valentino, he made him realize that also America would need Alice Project.
“On January 24th we students of Sarnath School from the class 5th to the senior high school, together with our teachers and the school principal, travelled to Bodhgaya by coach, to take part in the meeting with HH Dalai Lamai on the next day.
At the meeting there were also students from Bodhgaya School and some from Arunachal Pradesh, accompanied by Suchandra, fifteen children and teenagers who then went to reside in Sarnath after that.

About 12.000 students, coming from different schools of Bihar, took part and were present at the meeting.
Valentino presented Alice Project, its history, the path and methodology, and then offered HH Dalai Lama the first copy of his new book “Universal Ethics”.
And HH Dalai Lama told him these words: “You are doing in the field of Education what we wish.”
All of us were so happy to hear these words of appreciation spoken by such an important person as HH Dalai Lama. Then, addressing to us students, He told us how precious time is and how to use it in a positive way.
He said that the future of India is in our hands; therefore we should be aware of our individual responsibility.
Whether the situation of the Country improves or gets worse depends on us.
He also remarked how important the ancient Indian wisdom is, as well as the understanding of the concept of interdependence and projections. Unfortunately, in these years the Western culture and the schools do not favour the education to understand our self to achieve inner peace.
Finally HH Dalai Lama replied to our questions. For us and our teachers it was an unforgettable experience.
Then, in the afternoon, we visited the ancient temples of Bodhgaya.
The next day, we went to the village of Dandawa to visit the other Alice Project School. Here, for the first time, we celebrated the “Republic Day” together with the students of that School and then they showed us their school around: a great opportunity for everybody.”

-In February all students in the X and XII classes had their final exams and the results were very satisfactory: 100% passed the X class exam and 96% the XII, while the national average was 72%.
-In March, Boom (A former student at A.P. who now lives at the school) went to Arunachal Pradesh with Ilaria. “It was an important opportunity to visit this “windy land”, a green and clean land where people live in bamboo piles, farm their land and can drink the water of the river.

With Suchandra, the responsible of the school, we visited some families living in the nearby villages. They welcomed us very warmly into their houses and offered us their traditional Chakma dishes as well as very special biscuits.
The parents of the students living at Sarnath School told us how difficult it is to survive in those forests, especially at the beginning when there were elephants, tigers and other wild animals. Year after year they went on farming the land, working very hard even if it often happens that the monsoons and land slides destroy the houses and floods damage their crops and harvests. Life is very difficult there.
Of course we stopped at the school to meet the teachers and the students studying there. I was impressed by their uniforms: clean and tidy, and by their smiles expressing great joy. And I thought: -how lucky these children are! They are receiving a special education which will guide them in their future life.
We also visited a small temple dedicated to Shiva. It’s situated on top of a hill, a place particularly sacred, full of a powerful energy, where every year groups of people of different religions make a pilgrimage specially on the day of Shivaratri.

And there was also a meeting with the parents of the students studying in that school, together with the teachers and Mr .Monto Moni Chakma, the Mukhiya (village chief) of Bodhisatta, responsible of the administration of the school.

The parents expressed their appreciation of A.P. and so the Mukiya planned to involve more the families in the Project in order to better support the expenses of the school.”

-In March, the French psychoanalyst Madame Samia came again to our school to complete the training that she started last year. Unfortunately she had to go back to France after only a few days for family reasons. Let’s hope she will be able to come again.

-A good and important piece of news: after working hard and waiting so long, Sarnath school was officially recognized up to the XII class!

In April, Swami Varishtanand, psychologist and pediatrician, came again to Sarnath School. He lives and works at Rama Krishna Mission in Varanasi, where every year I am invited to hold seminars about A. P., which are always followed with great interest by a large group of educators.
Swami spoke to the students about our true identity and said how important it is to discover it, under the guidance of a master. Then he told a very significant story.
Then, addressing to the teachers, he explained how an integrated education with spirituality can improve the students and remarked the responsibility upon them.
– “On 21st June , like every year, we celebrated the International Yoga Day, and on this occasion, we organized a meeting, open to everybody, in order to better understand the philosophy and the benefits deriving from practicing this ancient discipline”.

-On 24th June, a group of 70 students accompanied by the principal and ten teachers, travelling by train went to Dharamsala in the North of India, where, after 2 days, they received a private audience of HH The Dalai Lama.
Valentino, Ilaria and Mr Tsewang Tenzin went there a few days before to organize this event with HH and their stay in Dharamsala.

“It was a quite long trip ( 32 hours by train and 4 by bus ) but interesting at the same time , because we crossed so many different regions of India and for many of us it was the first experience on a train.

HH The Dalai Lama received us in his residence in McLeod Ganj, at Dharamsala.
He told us that our life, without a good education, culture or respect of traditions is not complete.
If we young students do not recall the Ancient Indian Wisdom, our culture and traditions, as well as yoga, meditation…, we will be destined to suffer a lot and we will give importance only to material things. It is not sufficient to study the different scholastic subjects, if we do not integrate this knowledge with the knowledge of the inner world and of our mind, according to our ancient traditions.
At the end of the meeting , after singing all together a song dedicated to HH the Dalai Lama, Valentino offered him the second part of his latest book “Universal Ethics.

The next day we met the C.T.A. President Dr. Lobsang Sangay. We were impressed by his story. He was born in a poor family and was always engaged in studies and work with seriousness and determination, until he obtained the important assignment that he has at present..
After that we visited two schools: the TCV school and the Tong Len school. For us it was interesting to interact with the students of the two schools and share our experiences.
We then went to see a Temple near a waterfall and finally the Himanchal Pradesh Cricket Stadium near a park.
This trip was an unforgettable experience for all of us, which will certainly leave an indelible mark inside each of us.”

– After the summer holidays, in July, the school started again. In Sarnath School 200 new student were enrolled, from kindergarten to higher classes.
– In August, some students from the higher classes could follow the second International Training course for teachers mainly, held by Valentino and was organized at Sarnath School. There were 24 teachers from the three A.P. schools and some other teachers coming from abroad.
The course lasted 3 weeks, it was an intensive work and the participants followed the philosophy the path and methodology of Alice Project with great interest.

At the end of the course, the participants thanked Valentino because, through his teachings, they realized that it is possible to see the life with “different eyes”. They also thanked everyone in the school and the cook Mohammed from Bodhgaya who, through his dishes, contributed to the success of the training course.
– “At the end of August, The Sanskrit University of Varanasi, the ” Sampuranand Sankrit Vishwavidyalaya of Benares” conferred an award to Valentino, for the third time, for his work done over the years in the field of Education.
These are the words of Prof.Rajaram Shukla , Vice Chancellor of the Universiy: ” Alice Project is an integrated education model, based on Universal values and a non dualistic vision of reality”.
Alice pedagogy not only recognizes the ancient wisdom of Indian philosophy but it is following the modern findings of Transpersonal Psychology, confirmed by the recent researches in the field of neuroscience and quantum physics”.

After thanking, Valentino offered the University V.C. his latest book. A group of high school students with some teachers and the principal attended the award ceremony.

– In September, at Bodhgaya School, there was a Graphology course held by Prof Mr Rajesh Jauhari. Ten teachers and some Chakma students followed the course. Through a serious and accurate handwriting analysis, a teacher can not only better understand him/herself but also his/her students.

– In September, after several days of illness, Lama Monlam, who lived in Nepal, passed away. He was a great Lama, the spiritual responsible of A.P from many years, beloved and respected by students and teachers.
Every year he used to spend a few days at Sarnath School. We will all miss his precious presence who has always supported and guided A.P. through his advices and prayers.
We will always remember him with affection and gratitude. Gratitude expressed by the numerous Mantra recited by our students, when he was ill and after he passed away.

– In September, around our Bodhgaya School, in 4 different temples, the people of the nearby villages completed the recitation of 100.000 Mantras together with our students in order to keep alive the spiritual part inside each of us. So that there is more peace among the inhabitants of the villages. As a conclusion there was a Fire Puja with the Pandit who teaches in the school.

– At about the end of the month, Mr. Monto Moni Chakma, the legal representative of the school in Arunachal Pradesh, came to Sarnath and met Valentino, Mr Tswang Tenzin, the principal of the school Mr Awanis Mishra, some teachers and some representatives of the administration.
After talking about Bodhisatta School and possible improvements of it, the Mukhiya promised to offer the school a piece of land for its new projects.
– “In October, Dr. Paola Salvadori and Maria Tolu came to visit our school. They stayed with us for a few days in order to better understand Alice Project and its methodology and they interacted with the teachers and us students, following and participating in some different lessons in different classes.
Dr. P. Salvadori, Headmaster of the school Don Milan at Tavernelle Val di Pesa (Fi ), where Valentino gave a training course, thanked him for the opportunity to stay with students and teachers.

She would like to put in practice in the school where she is the responsible, the path that we are following. She said the students could have more self confidence, to improve their concentration, they become more aware and have more peace inside them. And so the world could be better.
Dr. M. Tolu, pediatrician, expressed her gratitude for the opportunity given to take part in so many activities and moments of meditation. The meditation can improve our health and this is confirmed by the latest scientific researches.”

– At the beginning of October, Boom and Kapin (former students of A.P. living at Sarnath school ), at the request of Valentino, went back to Arunachal Pradesh to meet a little Shaman Chakma called “Boddo”.
“We left from Bodisatta School and, after 4-5 hours on the motorbike, we arrived at the village where this special child lives with his family. We could see him while he was helping his elder brother to sell incense and candles.
Then he sat apart and started to receive people asking to be healed.
This little shaman offers them leaves, flowers or herbs which, after he touches them with his hands, can heal diseases afflicting them. In return people offer him small presents.
In the past also Boddo’s grandfather, now ninety, had the same healing power and before him, his grandfather who lived in Bangladesh, where once the Chakma lived. They had to leave their lands which were flooded after the construction of some dams and also for religious reasons (Buddhist minority in a Muslim context. Indian Government then allowed them to live in the forests of Arunachal Pradesh where they still live)
When the healing power of little Boddo was found, thousands of people came to see him every day asking to be healed. Now he receives only about 100 people twice a week.
We couldn’t film him because they say he could lose his power and his incredible energy by which he can cure so many people.
But we could interview Boddo’s grandfather, some people in the village and someone who has been cured.
Maybe, in the future, we can have the opportunity to go to the village again and have a direct contact with this special child.

Back to the village of Bodisatta, we wanted to meet the guardian of the Temple dedicated to Shiva, on a hill. It was good for us to stay for some time in that place where the atmosphere is quiet and peaceful.”

Also this year, many friends have come and visited our school. Some have offered their help and we wish to thank them all.
A special thank is for Ass. Shining Hope, which, with its generous annual contribution, ensures stability to our three schools; and we also thank our friends from Taiwan who have been supporting Alice Project for more than 20 years.
Our Project is becoming more and more autonomous also thanks to the increasing involvement of the teachers, the principal’s work, the staff and Ilaria who is continuing to coordinate all the activities and manage the administrative part of the three schools.
We would also like to thank the president, Mr Tsewang Tenzin for his involvement in organizing the big events in Bodhgaya first and then at Dharamsala.

In Italy.
Ilaria, who accompanied Valentino during his training courses in Italy, describes the different experiences in this way:

“Also this year Valentino came back to Italy for a training courses, to experiment the proposal of Alice Project in new contexts and to start a path structured in Public Italian Schools. In July he went, for the second time, to the “Cascina dei Ricostruttori” in Val di Vara, where he gave a 6 day training course attended by more than 40 people, mainly families with a big number of children.

Collaboration between the two realities has grown positively, together with the strengthening of the common purpose of educational proposals and a renewed interest in strengthening cooperation and exchange.
And immediately after this week, there was a meeting for the young people who already participate in the activities of the Community, to help them to move closer to a path of inner knowledge, following the Alice Project model. On 1st and 2nd November a group of about 10 young people met Valentino and started to reflect about themes which are the basis of Alice Project vision.

In July, in a company in the province of Treviso, one of the business owner, Flavio Bevilacqua, who has been caring for his employees’ welfare for years, organized a course and, for the first time, Valentino did training in a company. The results were very encouraging. Their interest and enthusiasm were so strong to request a second course next year. The context was particularly interesting to study Alice’s issues and see how the simplicity of the path and exercises can have a positive impact not only at the school level but at individual level at any age.

Certainly the most significant experience in Italy was the one at Istituto Comprensivo Don Milani at Tavernelle.

Thanks to a group of very sensitive parents, the coordination of Gloria Germani and the tenacious will of the Principal Dr. Paola Salvadori it can be possible to start to officially bring Alice Project into Italian schools. At the beginning of July more than 50 teachers could follow a course, the first one recognized by Miur, just at Tavernelle. The course, very practical with activities directly done with some children, wanted to introduce the vision, the techniques and teaching methodology of A.P. and give the instruments to start to work in the classes with the students.
At the end of the course most of the teachers (teaching in all the 5 kinds of schools: kindergarten, secondary and 3 primary) joined the Project and in September started to introduce techniques like the morning assembly, the small balls for emotions, short exercises of concentration on the breath and candle, visualization in their classes.

This is not the only Institute to start the Project officially. In fact a group of teachers of a school in the province of Bergamo, after training for about 2 years with Mrs. Maria Luisa Dagna and experimenting in their classes, could make officially approve Alice Project in their school. Their contribution and testimony during the course at Tavernelle was really precious. They shared their experience and showed that A.P. can easily adapt to methodology and content of Italian school.

In November Valentino went back to Tuscany, this time to work directly in the different classes of the Institute “Don Milani”. This time he focused his work on integrated teaching, particularly on the use of the material he designed for Mathematics and English, in order to make learning easier and develop memorization, concentration, attention and visualization.

Finally, many other schools have already requested to start Alice Project and especially Tuscany is about to develop a network. In this context there has been a training course at Massa and at Cozzile. Organized and tenaciously wanted also by Ms Silvia Diolaiuti, the psychologist who followed the testing of integrated mathematical model of A.P., and sponsored by the City and the city school.”

As always, also this year I have received many proposals and requests for training courses in different places, not only for teachers but also for educators, parents, and people interested in beginning or to go deeply in their inner path. I have also been invited in many public schools, primary and secondary , where now the teachers interested in A.P. are proposing it with different modes and at different levels.
Donations coming from these courses, the yoga days, bake sales and small markets, the lottery, donations of some students of some schools contribute to cover a small part of the school expenses of the three schools in India.
As you can see in the box below, the new bank codes are marked (Banca Etica)
In a few months the previous codes will no longer be valid.
It’s always difficult to recall all the friends, old and new, who help us and allow us, through their support, to continue this educational experience we started 25 years ago.
Thank you from the bottom of the heart and…….Happy Christmas to all of you and your families.

Luigina
Sarnath 21st November 2018

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Cari amici,
quest’ anno segna una tappa importante nella storia del Progetto Alice. Ad aprile infatti e’ iniziato il 25 anno scolastico che terminera’ a marzo 2019. E’ stato un anno particolarmente intenso, ricco di importanti avvenimenti che insieme cercheremo di raccontare in questa Lettera di Natale, nella quale abbiamo dato ampio spazio agli studenti .

Verso la fine di dicembre Valentino , dalla Francia , e’ tornato in India dopo aver saputo che il P.A. era stato scelto dal Dalai Lama per organizzare un importante evento riguardante l’ Educazione.
Il Presidente della nostra Societa’ Mr. Tsewang Tenzin si e’ subito attivato per la buona riuscita di questo evento, con la collaborazione di un gruppo di volontari del Bihar.

Evento preceduto dalla visita alla scuola di Bodhgaya della sorella del Dalai Lama , Ven. Jetsun Pema La, chiamata ” la Madre del Tibet ” per il suo instancabile lavoro a favore dei bambini Tibetani e, per questo, premiata dall’ UNESCO nel 1999. Era accompagnata dal marito e da alcuni membri del Parlamento Tibetano.
Dopo aver visitato la scuola e parlato con Valentino, si e’ resa conto della validita’ del metodo, visti i risultati finora ottenuti ed ha espresso il suo apprezzamento nei confronti del P.A.

La sorella del Dalai Lama ed il marito con Valentino

Nello stesso periodo anche il famoso attore americano Richard Gere ha visitato la scuola di Bodhgaya e, parlando con Valentino gli ha fatto capire che in America ci sarebbe un gran bisogno del P.A.
” Il 24 gennaio noi studenti della scuola di Sarnath dalla quinta elementare alle superiori , accompagnati dai nostri insegnanti e dal Preside, abbiamo raggiunto Bodhgaya in autobus , per partecipare all’ incontro con il Dalai Lama, previsto per il giorno successivo.
All’ incontro erano presenti anche gli alunni della scuola di Bodhgaya ed alcuni studenti di quella in Arunachial Pradesh, accompagnati da Suchandra . Questi quindici bambini e ragazzi sono poi tornati nella scuola di Sarnath come residenti .

Il Dalai Lama di fronte agli studenti Il Dalai Lama riceve il nuovo libro daValentino

Circa 12.000 studenti , provenienti da diverse scuole del Bihar, hanno partecipato a questo importante incontro.
Valentino ha introdotto il P.A. , la sua storia, il Percorso e la metodologia . Al termine del suo discorso ha offerto al Dalai Lama la prima copia del suo ultimo libro “Valori universali”.
Il Dalai Lama , rivolgendosi a Valentino ha detto :- Tu stai realizzando nel campo dell’ Educazione quello che noi desideriamo.
Tutti noi studenti siamo stati felici di sentire queste parole di apprezzamento da parte di una persona cosi’ importante come il Dalai Lama . Poi , rivolgendosi a noi studenti, ha parlato della preziosita’ del tempo e di come usarlo in modo positivo.
Il futuro del Paese in cui viviamo e’ nelle nostre mani; e’ quindi necessario essere consapevoli della responsabilita’ individuale.
Dipende da ciascuno di noi migliorare o peggiorare la situazione del nostro Paese.
Ha poi accennato a quanto siano importanti i valori morali dell’ antica Saggezza indiana, la comprensione del concetto di interdipendenza e delle proiezioni. Purtroppo , in questi anni, la cultura e la scuola in Occidente non favoriscono l’ educazione all’ interiorita’ per raggiungere la pace dentro di noi.
Infine il Dalai Lama ha risposto alle nostre domande.
Per noi studenti e per i nostri insegnanti , questo evento e’ stata un’ esperienza importante che non dimenticheremo.
Nel pomeriggio abbiamo visitato alcuni antichi templi di Bodhgaya.
Il giorno successivo siamo andati nel villaggio di Dandawa, dove si trova l’ altra scuola del P.A. Qui , per la prima volta, abbiamo celebrato ” the Republic day” insieme agli alunni di questa scuola, poi ci hanno accompagnato a visitarla: una bella occasione per tutti noi! “.
– A febbraio sono iniziati gli esami per gli studenti della X e XII classe. Molto soddisfacenti i risultati poi ottenuti (100% i promossi della X classe ed il 96% della XII ), se consideriamo che la media dei promossi nelle altre scuole e’ stata del 72%.
– In marzo , Boom (ex studente del P.A. che attualmente vive presso la scuola di Sarnath ) ha accompagnato Ilaria in Arunachial Pradesh. ” E’ stata per me un’ occasione importante poter visitare questa “terra ventosa”, molto verde, pulita , dove le persone vivono in palafitte di bamboo, coltivano la terra come in passato e possono bere l’ acqua del loro fiumi.

Alcuni studenti della scuola Alunni ed insegnanti della scuola di Bodhisatta Due bambini del villaggio
Suchandra, responsabile della scuola, ci ha accompagnati a visitare alcune famiglie dei nostri residenti, nei villaggi vicini. Ci hanno accolto con grande gentilezza nelle loro case. Abbiamo potuto assaggiare i piatti tradizionali Chakma ed anche dei biscotti molto speciali.
I genitori dei nostri studenti, residenti presso la scuola di Sarnath, ci hanno raccontato quanto sia stato difficile riuscire a sopravvivere in queste foreste , soprattutto inizialmente , quando c’ erano elefanti, tigri ed altri animali. Anno dopo anno hanno continuato a coltivare la terra, lavorando duramente. Spesso , con i monsoni , le frane distruggono le case e le alluvioni danneggiano i loro raccolti. Vivere qui non e’ facile.
Naturalmente ci siamo fermati alla scuola per incontrare gli insegnanti e gli alunni che la frequentano. Mi hanno colpito le loro uniformi pulite ed in ordine ed i loro sorrisi luminosi che esprimevano tanta gioia. Ed ho pensato: – Come sono fortunati questi bambini! Stanno ricevendo un’ educazione” speciale”che li guidera’ nella loro vita.
Abbiamo anche visitato un piccolo tempio , dedicato a Shiva. Si trova sopra una collina, un luogo particolarmente sacro, con un’ energia molto potente, dove ogni anno, gruppi di persone , appartenenti a religioni diverse, si recano in pellegrinaggio specialmente nel giorno di Shivaratri.
E’ stato poi organizzato un incontro con i genitori degli alunni che frequentano la scuola . Hanno partecipato anche gli insegnanti e Mr. Monto Moni Chakma, il Mukhiya (capo villaggio ) di Bodhisatta, responsabile amministrativo della scuola .
I genitori hanno espresso il loro apprezzamento nei confronti del P.A. ed il Mukhja intende coinvolgere maggiormente le famiglie , per meglio supportare le spese della scuola”.
– In marzo, era tornata alla scuola di Sarnath , la psicanalista francese Madame Samia, per completare il corso con gli insegnanti, iniziato lo scorso anno. Purtroppo, per motivi familiari , ha deciso di rientrare in Francia dopo alcuni giorni. Ci auguriamo possa ritornare ancora .
– Una buona ed importante notizia: dopo tanto lavoro ed una lunga attesa , la scuola di Sarnath e’ stata ufficialmente riconosciuta fino alla XII classe!

– Ad aprile, e’ tornato alla scuola di Sarnath Swami Varishtanand, psicologo e pediatra. Vive e lavora alla Rama Krishna Mission di Varanasi , dove ogni anno vengo invitata a tenere dei seminari sul Percorso del P.A., sempre seguiti con interesse da un numeroso gruppo di educatori .
Swami ha parlato agli studenti della nostra vera identita’ e di quanto sia importante scoprirla, con la guida di un Maestro ed ha poi raccontato una storia molto significativa. Rivolgendosi agli insegnanti ha spiegato come un’ educazione integrata con la spiritualita’ possa migliorare gli studenti ed ha puntualizzato la responsabilita’ del loro lavoro.

– “Il 21 giugno , come ogni anno, abbiamo celebrato l’ International Yoga Day’,e per questa occasione, e’ stato organizzato un incontro , aperto a tutti, per meglio comprendere la filosofia ed i benefici derivati dalla pratica di questa antica disciplina”.

-Il 24 giugno, un gruppo di 70 studenti, accompagnati dal Preside e da una decina di insegnanti, e’ partito in treno per raggiungere Dharamsala, nel Nord dell’ India , dove due giorni dopo, sarebbero stati ricevuti in udienza privata dal Dalai Lama.
Valentino, Ilaria ed il Pres. Tsewang Tenzin li avevano preceduti per organizzare questo incontro ed il loro soggiorno a Dharamsala.
“Il viaggio e’ stato piuttosto lungo ( 32 ore di treno e 4 di autobus ) ma nello stesso tempo interessante perche’ abbiamo attraversato e visto regioni diverse dell’ India e per molti di noi e’ stata la prima esperienza in treno.
Siamo stati ricevuti daI Dalai Lama nella sua residenza situata in McLeod Ganj, a Dharamsala.
Ci ha spiegato che la nostra vita, senza una buona educazione, senza la cultura ed il rispetto delle tradizioni non e’ completa.
Se noi giovani studenti non ricuperiamo l’antica Saggezza Indiana, la nostra cultura e le nostre tradizioni, come lo Yoga, la meditazione…saremo destinati a soffrire molto e daremo solo importanza alle cose materiali. Non e’ sufficiente studiare le diverse materie scolastiche, se non integriamo questa conoscenza con quella del mondo interiore e della nostra mente, secondo le nostre antiche tradizioni.
Al termine dell’ incontro , dopo aver cantato tutti insieme una canzone dedicata al Dalai Lama, Valentino gli ha offerto la seconda parte del suo ultimo libro” Valori universali”.

Il Dalai Lama con i ragazzi con gli insegnanti ed it preside con le ragazze
Il giorno successivo abbiamo incontrato il C.T.A.President Dr. Lobsang Sangay. Siamo stati colpiti dalla sua storia . Nato in una famiglia povera , si e’ impegnato prima negli studi e poi nel lavoro , con serieta’ e determinazione , fino ad ottenere l’ importante incarico che attualmente ricopre.
Abbiamo poi visitato due scuole: la TCV School e la Tong Len School. E’ stato interessante interagire con gli studenti delle due scuole e condividere le nostre esperienze.
Siamo poi andati a visitare un tempio vicino ad una cascata ed infine l’ Himanchal Pradesh Cricket Stadium nei pressi di un parco.
Per tutti noi e’ stato un viaggio indimenticabile, ricco di importanti esperienze che sicuramente lasceranno un segno dentro di noi”.
– Terminate le vacanze estive, in luglio sono riprese le lezioni. Nella scuola di Sarnath si sono iscritti circa 200 nuovi studenti, dalla materna alle superiori.
– In agosto , alcuni alunni delle superiori hanno potuto seguire il secondo Training Internazionale rivolto soprattutto agli insegnanti, tenuto da Valentino ed organizzato presso la scuola di Sarnath. Hanno partecipato 24 insegnanti delle tre scuole del P.A. ed alcuni insegnanti provenienti dall’ estero.
Sono state tre settimane di intenso lavoro ed i partecipanti hanno seguito con interesse la parte filosofica, il Percorso e la metodologia del P.A.

Alcuni insegnanti che hanno partecipato al training
Al termine del corso, hanno ringraziato Valentino perche’, attraverso i suoi insegnamenti, hanno capito come sia possibile vedere la vita con “occhi diversi” . Hanno ringraziato anche tutto lo staff della scuola ed il cuoco Mohammed, venuto da Bodhgaya che, con i suoi piatti, ha contribuito alla buona riuscita del training.

– “Alla fine di agosto , per la terza volta, l’ Universita’ di Sanskrito di Varanasi , la ” Sampuranand Sankrit Vishwavidyalaya University of Benares” ha conferito a Valentino un premio per il suo lavoro svolto in questi anni, nel campo dell’ Educazione. Queste le parole del Prof.Rajaram Shukla , Vice Chancellor dell’ Universita’:” Il Progetto Alice e’ un modello di Educazione Integrata , basato su valori universali e su una visione non dualistica della Realta’.
La Pedagogia di Alice non solo riconosce l’ antica Saggezza della Filosofia Indiana ma sta seguendo le moderne scoperte della Psicologia Transpersonale, confermate dalle ultime ricerche nel campo della fisica quantistica e delle neuroscienze”.
Valentino, dopo aver ringraziato, ha offerto il suo ultimo libro al V.C. dell’ Universita’.
Un gruppo di studenti delle superiori, con alcuni insegnanti ed il Preside hanno assistito a questa premiazione”.

– In settembre , presso la scuola di Bodhgaya, e’ stato organizzato un Corso di Grafologia, tenuto dal Prof. Mr.Rajesh Jauhari.
Hanno partecipato dieci insegnanti ed alcuni studenti Chakma. Attraverso una seria ed accurata analisi grafologica, un insegnante non solo puo’ meglio capire se stesso ma anche i suoi studenti.

– A meta’ settembre , dopo giorni di malattia, e’ mancato Lama Monlam che viveva in Nepal.
Un grande Lama, da tanti anni responsabile spirituale del P.A., molto amato e rispettato da studenti ed insegnanti.
Ogni anno trascorreva alcuni giorni presso la scuola di Sarnath. Manchera’ a tutti noi la sua preziosa presenza che ha sostenuto e guidato il P.A. attraverso i suoi consigli e le sue preghiere.
Lo ricordiamo e lo ricorderemo con affetto e gratitudine . Gratitudine espressa anche attraverso numerosi Mantra recitati dai nostri studenti, sia durante la sua malattia che dopo la sua morte .

– In settembre, intorno alla scuola di Bodhgaya, in quattro diversi templi, gli abitanti dei villaggi, insieme ai nostri studenti, hanno completato la recita di 100.000 Mantra per tenere viva la parte spirituale che e’ in ciascuno di noi e affinche’ ci sia piu’ pace tra gli abitanti dei villaggi. Come conclusione e’ stata organizzata una Puja del Fuoco con il Pandit che insegna nella scuola.
– Verso la fine del mese , Mr. Monto Moni Chakma, rappresentante legale della scuola in Arunachial Pradesh, e’ venuto a Sarnath. Ha incontrato Valentino , il Pres. Mr. Tswang Tenzin, il Preside Mr. Awanis Mishra , alcuni insegnanti e rappresentanti dell’ amministrazione.
Dopo aver parlato della scuola di Bodhisatta e dei possibili miglioramenti da effettuare, il Mukhiya ha promesso di offrire alla scuola un pezzo di terra per la realizzazione di nuovi progetti.

– “In ottobre , sono venute a farci visita le Dott.sse Paola Salvadori e Maria Tolu. Sono rimaste con noi qualche giorno, per meglio capire il P.A. e la sua metodologia, interagendo con gli insegnanti e con noi studenti, seguendo alcune lezioni in classi diverse.
La dott.ssa P. Salvadori, Preside della scuola Don Milani di Tavernelle Val di Pesa (Fi ), dove Valentino ha tenuto un corso di formazione , lo ha ringraziato per avuto l’ opportunita’ di stare con noi studenti ed insegnanti.
Le dott. Sse Maria Tolu e Paola Salvadori

Vorrebbe far applicare nella scuola di cui e’ responsabile il Percorso che noi stiamo seguendo.I suoi alunni – ci ha detto – potrebbero cosi’ acquisire maggior sicurezza , migliorare la loro concentrazione, diventare piu’ consapevoli ed avere piu’ pace interiore. Ed il mondo sarebbe migliore.
– La dott.ssa Maria Tolu, pediatra, ha espresso la sua gratitudine per aver potuto partecipare a diverse attivita’ e a dei momenti di meditazione. La meditazione puo’ migliorare la nostra salute e le ultime ricerche scientifiche lo confermano. ”

– All’ inizio di ottobre, Boom e Kapin ( ex studente del P.A. che risiede alla scuola di Sarnath ), su richiesta di Valentino, sono tornati in Arunachial Pradesh per incontrare un piccolo Sciamano che i Chakma chamano ” Boddo”.
” Siamo partiti dalla scuola del P.A. di Bodisatta e, dopo 4 – 5 ore di motocicletta, abbiamo raggiunto il villaggio dove questo bambino speciale vive con la sua famiglia. Siamo riusciti a vederlo mentre aiutava il fratello piu’ grande che vende incensi, candele…
Poi si e’ seduto in un luogo protetto, ed ha iniziato a ricevere le persone che chiedevano di essere guarite.
Questo piccolo Sciamano offre loro foglie , fiori o erbe che , dopo aver toccato con le sue mani, riescono a guarire le malattie di cui soffrono. Per ringraziarlo gli vengono offerti dei piccoli doni.
In passato , anche il nonno di Boddo, ora novantenne, aveva lo stesso potere di guarigione e, prima di lui , il suo nonno che viveva in Bangladesh, dove un tempo abitavano i Chakma. In seguito hanno dovuto lasciare le loro terre, perche’ invase dall’ acqua , dopo la costruzione di alcune dighe ed anche per motivi religiosi ( minoranza buddhista in un contesto musulmano.Il Governo Indiano ha poi concesso loro di stabilirsi nelle foreste dell’ Arunachial Pradesh ,dove attualmente vivono) .
Quando e’ stato scoperto il potere di guarigione del piccolo Boddo, inizialmente arrivavano , ogni giorno, piu’ di mille persone per farsi curare. Ora il numero e’ stato limitato ad un centinaio , due volte la settimana.
Non ci e’ stato possibile riprendere con la telecamera il piccolo Sciamano perche’ si teme possa perdere la sua incredibile energia che puo’ curare tante persone malate.
Siamo pero’ riusciti ad intervistare il nonno di Boddo, alcuni abitanti del villaggo e qualche persona che e’ stata guarita.
Forse, in futuro, sara’ possibile tornare ed avere un contatto diretto con questo bambino speciale.
Tornati al villaggio di Bodisatta, prima di ripartire, abbiamo voluto incontrare il” Custode” del piccolo tempio dedicato a Shiva, sopra una collina. Ci ha fatto bene sostare in quel luogo dove si percepisce un’ atmosfera tranquilla e pacifica.”
– Anche quest’ anno , sono venuti a trovarci ed a visitare la scuola tanti amici . Alcuni hanno hanno offerto il loro supporto e noi vorremmo ringraziali tutti .
Un ringraziamento particolare all’ Ass. Shining Hope , perche’ con il suo generoso contributo annual garantisce stabilita’ alle tre scuole ed anche agli amici di Taiwan che da piu’ di vent’ anni supportano il Progetto.
Progetto che sta diventando piu’ autonomo grazie anche al maggior coinvolgimento degli insegnanti, al lavoro del Preside , di tutto lo staff e di Ilaria che continua a coordinare le diverse attivita’ ed a seguire la parte amministrativa delle tre scuole.
Vorremmo anche ringraziare il Pres. Tsewang Tenzin per il suo coinvolgimento nell’ organizzazione del grande evento a Bodhgaya prima e successivamente di quello a Dharamsala.

In Italia.

Ilaria che ha accompagnato Valentino durante i suoi corsi di formazione in Italia ha cosi’ riassunto le diverse esperienze:
“ Anche quest’anno Valentino è tornato in Italia per tenere corsi di formazione, sperimentare la proposta del Progetto Alice in contesti nuovi e dare inizio ad un percorso strutturato nella scuola pubblica italiana. A luglio è stato per il secondo anno consecutivo presso la Cascina dei Ricostruttori di Val di Vara dove ha tenuto un corso di sei giornate a cui hanno partecipato più di 40 persone, soprattutto famiglie, ed un nutrito gruppo di bambini.


Si è riscontrata un’evoluzione molto positiva nella collaborazione tra le due realtà, un rafforzamento della comunione di intenti sul piano delle proposte educative ed un rinnovato interesse a rafforzare la rete di scambio e cooperazione.
Proprio a seguito di questa settimana si è organizzato un incontro per i giovani che già partecipano alle attività della Comunità allo scopo di aiutarli ad avvicinarsi ad un percorso di conoscenza interiore sul modello di Alice. L’1 ed il 2 novembre un gruppo di una decina di ragazzi hanno incontrato Valentino e hanno iniziato a riflettere sui temi che sono alla base della visione del Progetto.

A luglio si è poi tenuto, presso un’azienda del Trevigiano, un corso particolarmente voluto da uno dei titolari, Flavio Bevilacqua, che da anni propone corsi di formazione per il benessere dei suoi dipendenti. Per la prima volta Valentino si è trovato a fare formazione in un’azienda ed i risultati sono stati davvero incoraggianti, risvegliando un entusiasmo ed un interesse tali che già è stata fatta richiesta per un corso il prossimo anno. E’ stato un terreno interessante sul quale sperimentare come la profondità delle tematiche di Alice e la semplicità del percorso e degli esercizi proposti abbiano il potere di incidere positivamente non solo a livello scolastico ma anche individuale e per tutte le età.

L’esperienza sicuramente più significativa del periodo speso in Italia è stata, però, quella presso l’Istituto Comprensivo Don Milani di Tavernelle. Grazie all’iniziativa di un gruppo di genitori molto sensibili, alla coordinazione di Gloria Germani ed alla tenace volontà della Preside Paola Salvadori è stato possibile iniziare un percorso per portare ufficialmente all’interno della scuola pubblica italiana il Progetto Alice. Agli inizi di luglio si è tenuto un corso, per la prima volta riconosciuto dal Miur, proprio a Tavernelle dove hanno potuto partecipare più di 50 insegnanti. Il corso, dal taglio molto pratico con attivita’ svolte direttamente con alcuni bambini , aveva lo scopo di introdurre la visione, le tecniche e la didattica di Alice e dare gli strumenti per iniziare a lavorare con gli alunni.

Al termine della formazione la maggior parte delle insegnanti che lavorano nelle 5 scuole (una materna, una secondaria e tre primarie) hanno aderito al Progetto e hanno iniziato già da settembre ad introdurre le prime tecniche : l’assemblea del mattino, le palline colorate per monitorare le emozioni, brevi esercizi di concentrazione sul respiro e sulla candela e la visualizzazione.

Questo Istituto non è l’unico ad avere iniziato ad applicare ufficialmente il Progetto Alice in classe. Anche un gruppo di insegnanti che lavorano in una scuola in provincia di Bergamo sono riuscite, dopo un paio di anni di formazione con l’ ins. Maria Luisa Dagna e di lavoro sperimentale in classe, a far approvare ufficialmente Alice. Prezioso il loro contributo e la condivisione della loro esperienza durante il corso di Tavernelle come testimonianza dell’ efficacia ed adattabilità della metodologia e dei contenuti di Alice anche nella scuola pubblica italiana.

A novembre Valentino è tornato in Toscana per lavorare questa volta direttamente nelle classi delle diverse scuole che compongono l’istituto comprensivo Don Milani. Il focus è stato questa volta sulla didattica integrata ed in particolare sull’utilizzo del materiale progettato da Valentino stesso per la matematica e l’inglese al fine di facilitare l’apprendimento e sviluppare funzioni essenziali quali la memoria, la concentrazione, l’attenzione e la visualizzazione.

Infine molte altre realtà hanno già fatto domanda per iniziare il percorso di Alice nelle loro scuole ed in particolare in Toscana si sta pensando di far nascere una rete. Anche in quest’ottica si è tenuto un corso
di formazione a Massa e Cozzile, organizzato e fortemente voluto anche da Silvia Diolaiuti, psicologa che nel 2016 ha seguito la sperimentazione del modello di matematica integrata di Alice, e patrocinato dal Comune e dalla scuola del paese”.
Come in passato, anche quest’ anno, in citta’ diverse, mi sono stati proposti dei corsi di formazione , rivolti non solo agli insegnanti ma anche ad educatori , genitori o a persone interessate ad iniziare o approfondire un percorso interiore. Numerosi anche gli interventi in alcune scuole pubbliche, elementari e superiori, dove gli insegnanti , interessati al nostro Percorso, lo stanno proponendo ai loro alunni , con modalita’ e livelli diversi .
Le donazioni provenienti da questi corsi di formazione , le giornate dedicate allo yoga, la vendita di dolci. i mercatini , la lotteria, le donazioni degli alunni di alcune scuole… contribuiscono a coprire una piccola parte delle spese sostenute dalle tre scuole in India.
Come potrete vedere nel riquadro sotto riportato, sono stati evidenziati i nuovi codici di Banca Etica.
Fra qualche mese i precedenti non saranno piu’ validi.
E’ sempre difficile ricordare tutti gli amici, vecchi e nuovi , che attraverso il loro aiuto ci permettono di continuare questa esperienza educativa , iniziata 25 anni fa.
Ancora grazie di cuore e…Buon Natale a tutti voi ed alle vostre famiglie,
Luigina
Sarnath 21 Novembre 2018

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Alice project: ONE MORE STEP IN THE WORLD OF YOGA
Yoga instructor course at SVYASA University, Bangalore:SukrodhanChakma, one of our senior Chakmastudents recently got admission in the Yoga instructor course at the famous Yoga University in Bangalore.

SukrodhanChakma :at the SVYASA campus

He has passed out class XII with high marks (76.6%) and achieved the second position in his group. This helped him to pass the entrance exams every easily and finally he has been selected for this course which will last for one month.
This course will give him a new direction to his career as a Yoga instructor. He will be the in charge for leading the Yoga lessons in our primary school as well as for the residential students at the Sarnath School.
Sukrodhan is extremely happy for such a great opportunity that he has got. While expressing his happiness he says: “I would like to express my deep gratitude to the school administration for giving me such a wonderful opportunity. I am very thankful to Mr. Valentino, Luigina Aunty and Sister Ilaria for all their love, care and support. I will try my best to learn as much as I can.”
Master in Yoga therapy at JagadguruRamanandacharya Rajasthan Sanskrit University

Sanjay Kumar another senior student who has completed his bachelor degree course in Yoga therapy from SVYASA University, Bangalore, is going to do his master degree from JagadguruRamanandacharya Rajasthan Sanskrit University, Rajashthan.

File photo: Sanjay Kumar receiving his B.Sc certificates at SVYASA University, Bangalore

Sanjay Kumar who is now well-known as Sanjay Yogi has been teaching Yoga to the students at the Alice Project Sarnath, helping the patients with different physical diseases is now ready to go on with his advance studies at one of the renounced university in Rajasthan.

Sanjay Kumar during his Yoga lessons with the students and volunteers at the Alice Project School.

We wish all the best and a bright future for both of them. We hope that soon we will have two more Yoga experts in our school.

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Alice Project Team

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I take this opportunity to express my reflection on the recent visit to the beautiful Windy Land of Bodhisatta, Deban, where a baby branch of Universal Education School is being run by the Alice Project. This beautiful place is located in the Miao Sub-Division of Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh, the most north eastern part of India.

On the way to our destination, we were welcomed at Mr. Soegot Chakma’s house for the lunch. He is an ex-Chakma student of Alice who has recently completed class XII. His friend Mr. Milan Chakma was also seen with him to host us for the lunch. His parents were so generous to arrange the lunch for us; after all we all were hungry indeed.

After a long drive we reached this Windy Land in Twilight. “Wao~!” I would say. I, then began to beware of fresh air which happened to pass onto my face that made me feel as the nature was welcoming me into its lap. Then we moved further to the Universal Education School which was our final destination. We were heartily welcomed by Mr. Suchandra Chakma, the manager and other staff.

After a sound sleep, I indeed ended up getting ready late the next morning. Having refreshed myself I was curious to explore the sight scene of the school campus. Here I share some of the clicks of the premises.



Lately we were informed that the annual examination of the school had just been completed and the vacation was ongoing. But, we were fortunate enough to meet the kids in the morning as they had come to school on that day to meet us, we being the guests then. They were all in the clean bluish uniform sharing their innocent smiles with us that made us smile too.

I personally was so moved to meet these kids. Then I realized how much happiness can such kids can make you feel if you try to be one of them. Doing so, you feel deeply that the children are really special, reason being that they become a source of happiness into your life.





Students with the chief of the village and the teachers







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Dear Friends,
Yesterday, the Alice Project organised an event to present the Alice model to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. It was an auspicious and meaningful event in which His Holiness discussed ‘Universal Ethics in Education’. The students from all three Alice schools, including Sarnath and Deban (Arunachal Pradesh) travelled to Bodhgaya for this extraordinary experience. Over 12,000 students attended the event from various schools of Bihar and multiple local dignitaries were present.

The event began with a beautiful and emotional rendition of the Alice Project song. Composed by Mr. Valentino Giacomin, the song was sung by the children at Sarnath when His Holiness last visited the Alice Project in 2013. The song initiated the event’s discourse about suffering, compassion and non-duality. Valentino expressed his deep gratitude as in the midst of numerous proposals from other schools, His Holiness chose the Alice Project to organise this event.
After 30 years of practical research and pilot projects in both Italy and India, the method has produced exceptional results both academically and regarding emotional intelligence. His Holiness acknowledged the amazing results achieved by Valentino as he was able to implement an educational system that His Holiness dreamed of. Valentino’s first copy of his book, “Universal Ethics”, was presented to and officially unveiled by His Holiness. His Holiness has written many books and given speeches around the world on his vision of Universal Education which he insists must include study of the inner self and an analytical approach to learning. He pointed at Valentino and said, “You are actually implementing what we want!”

His Holiness spoke about the importance of ancient Indian wisdom which emphasizes morality, interdependence and self-reflection. He expressed the belief that Western education and culture, so sought after in India, does not produce inner peace but strives merely towards materialism. He pointed out that Valentino has transcended his Western education by bringing back the ancient wisdom of India into the methodology of the Alice schools. This ancient wisdom based on the concept of Karuna (compassion) and Ahimsa (non-violence) helps us understand our emotions and gives us a key to overcome the suffering caused by distorted projections of the mind. His Holiness emphasized the need for “emotional hygiene”; just as physical hygiene gives health and happiness to the body, emotional hygiene gives health and happiness to the mind.
After the speech there was time for questions and answers. The students asked His Holiness profound and philosophical questions relating to the mind, religion and atman (a Hindu word for the soul). His Holiness spent an additional 25 minutes responding to the student’s questions despite an engagement elsewhere.

The event concluded with Saraswati prayers and the entire auditorium stood up to thank His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Katas (Tibetan scarves) were presented to the founder of the Alice Project, Mr. Valentino Giacomin, the President Mr. Tsewang Tenzin la, the Ambassador of the project, Mrs GraziellaZanoletti and the coordinator, Miss Ilaria Gambino.

Facing his young audience, His Holiness declared that “The future is on your shoulders”. The Alice model encourages students to be happy, compassionate and wise, ready to face the problems of the world today. We, at Alice, are confident that our students will create a better world. We are humbled by the recognition and praise that His Holiness gave to Valentino, the Alice model and our schools.

With kind regards,
Sudhakar Prasad

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It was a great honor to all of us that the sister of HH the 14th Dalai Lama, Ven. JetsunPema la, (who has been  awarded the UNESCO medal in 1999), together with her husband and some members of the Tibetan Parliament paid a visit our Bodhgaya School on 10th of January.

All the students, teachers, volunteers and the whole Alice Project Family welcomed them together with the school director Mr. Valentino Giacomin and the president Mr. Tsewang Tenzin la. Students according to the traditional Indian way of welcoming sung the welcome songs and offered garlands to all the guests.

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(The president, Mr. Tsewang Tenzin la, introducing to the students)

The president, Mr. Tsewang Tenzin la, introduced her to the students and on behalf of the whole Alice family we requested her to address the students.  In her talk to the students she expressed her ideas about the tireless effort which the Alice Project is doing to give a better chance of education to the students of India.

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While talking to them, she said that: “ I have visited the Alice Project Sarnath School in past also, and now it is the second time that I am here. I am very happy to see all of you and I praise the work that Alice Project is doing in all these years. I can feel the positive energy here and I am assure about the educational method of Alice Project which is able to fulfill the real meaning of Education which love, kindness and spirituality.

It reminds me the words of Mahatma Gandhi where, he said that the education without these qualities has not meaning. I can clearly see these moral qualities in the methodology of the Alice Project and I am fully assured that it has the solution of all the problems of the modern age which is appearing because of the lack of right Education.

I am very happy to see these happy faces of all these students which prove that the Alice Methodology is working. There is so much to learn here, it’s a pleasure for me to be here.

I thank to all of you for such welcome and we assure for collaboration between Alice Project and our center.” 

 Then she visited the classes, where she was very impressed to see the way how the teachers and students are working in the classrooms. She could practically see how the Alice Project is working in a practical way combining the education with Dharma.

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(Ven. Jestun Pema la vising the school )          (Mr. Tsewang Tenzin la introducing AP)

She could see the students doing meditation, concentration, visualization exercises and singing Mantras and Bhajans in the divine Language Sanskrit.  She was very much impressed about the environment of the school which was very peaceful and clam. Although there were more than 350 students in their classes working with their teachers a divine peace was spread everywhere. On seeing this she said:“There is a big need of schools like Alice Project to the mankind.”

Then a meeting was organized together with all the people with her and the director and the president of Alice Project. A copy of our recent publication (The Drop of Indian wisdom – Everyday meditation for universal Ethics)was offered to her.

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After staying about 2 hours at the school premises she went back with a promise to come back soon and congratulations to the entire work of Alice Project. .

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The event was concluded by the thanking speech by the director Mr. Valentino Giacominwho expressed a deep gratitude to all of the guests and everyone present there. He said that it is the HH the 14th  Dalai Lama who changed his life and guided him for working in the field of education, who after checking the divination about his future career has said thrice : “ Education is Excellent!, Excellent! And Excellent!”This saying of HH gave him a new direction for his life and it is only because of his words and his inspiration that now after all these years the Alice Project is in to the real existence.

As Mr. Valentino said, now it is the time for him to show the result of his work after working 24 years at in India

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 The Alice Project team

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Cari amici,

come lo scorso anno, questa Lettera di Natale e’ stata scritta dagli studenti del P. A.  , da Ilaria e da Luigina.

 Valentino ha deciso di continuare il suo percorso di ricerca personale lontano dall’India , pur rimanendo sempre coinvolto in prima persona nella gestione e nella guida del Progetto,  affiancato da Ilaria che si e’ impegnata a proseguire nel coordinamentodelle attivita’ ed in particolare della parte amministrativa.

Insieme abbiamo cercato di ricordare quanto e’ accaduto in questi mesi passati cosi’ velocemente da indurci a riflettere sul tempo che scorre e su quanto sia prezioso.

“Noi abbiamo cercato di usarlo al meglio, durante le attivita’ scolastiche, in famiglia e nel tempo libero.

Nella precedente Lettera di Natale, avevamo accennato al nuovo grande edificio  ed al suo ampliamento. Tutti i lavori progettati ( nuove aule, servizi, laboratorio di chimica…) sono stati ultimati ed attualmente alcune classi hanno occupato questi nuovi spazi.

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Ampiamento del nuovo edificio                                   studenti durante l’assemblea del mattino

Nella scuola di Bodhgaya invece i lavori stanno ancora continuando”.

Tutto questo e’ stato possibile grazie all’ Associazione Shaining Hope che da due anni sta sostenendo il P.A.e, recentemente, ha promesso che continuera’ ad aiutarci a mantenere e consolidare quanto e’ gia’ stato fatto finora.

Con il contributo della Fondazione Zanetti di Treviso e’ stato messo in sicurezza il tetto di due aule e di due laboratori, precedentemente coperti da lamiere e paglia, danneggiati dall’ incendio del  dicembre 2014.

Sono state ristrutturate anche alcune camere e dei bagni attigui, attualmente usati   da alcuni ragazzi Chakma, residenti presso la scuola di Sarnath.

“ Il nostro Preside ha un nuovo ufficio, situato nell’ edificio di fronte a quello appena ultimato. Ora quasi tutte le classi sono concentrate nella stessa area, circondate  da numerosi alberi che purificano l’ aria e ci permettono di respirare e meditare meglio.

All’ interno della scuola si puo’ percepire un’ atmosfera pacifica che favorisce una maggior attenzione econcentrazione durante le ore di lezione ed anche un buon rapporto con i nostri compagni ed insegnanti.Insegnanti disponibili a ripetere le lezioni quando si presentano delle difficolta’ e non si irritano se chiediamo loro ulteriori spiegazioni.

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L’ educazione spirituale che stiamo ricevendo ci aiuta ad andare oltre le diversita’  (tradizioni, caste, situazioni economiche, religioni…) per ottenere la vera pace del cuore.

In questi mesi alcuni rappresentanti di diverse tradizioni religiose hanno visitato la nostra scuola ed incontrato noi studenti.

In dicembre , prima di Natale, sono venuti a parlarci Padre  Amal e  Swami Varishtanand  della RamaKrishna Mission di Varanasi . In gennaio i residenti hanno incontrato Lama Zopa Rimpoche e Lama Monlam. Poi Lama Osel ha parlato a tutti noi.

Successivamente  abbiamo avuto la visita di un Jainista, di un rappresentante dell’ ASS.

Gayatri Mantra , Bhagwan Singh Yadav e del Maulana Mohammad Riyajuddin.

Qualche giorno fa e’ tornato a trovarci P.Tiziano Tamussi , dei Ricostruttori nella Preghiera che si fermera’ per un periodo anche presso la scuola di Bodhgaya .

Ognuno di loro ha parlato dei valori universali , secondo le tradizioni che rappresentano e nei loro insegnamenti abbiamo trovato delle “ radici comuni”: non uccidere, non rubare, non mentire, rispettare non solo le persone ma anche gli animali, le piante…

Noi siamo tutti  interconnessi, come gli anelli di una lunga catena ed abbiamo la stessa Natura Divina.

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Nella nostra scuola, oltre le normali materie ( hindi, inglese, matematica…), pratichiamo lo yoga, la meditazione, recitiamo i mantra che sono parte del Programma Speciale.

Abbiamo seguito  numerose lezioni di Valentino ,nel periodo trascorso a Sarnath. Ci ha insegnato in modo semplice ed interessante come funziona la mente, ci ha spiegato le proiezioni, come prevenire o ridurre il problema del bullismo.

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Diverse sono le meditazioni che pratichiamo, alcune piu’ semplici ( meditazione sul respiro e della pace ), altre piu’ complesse ( Trataka, Tong len, Nadi Purification meditation).

Noi vorremmo ricordare soprattutto: Mente silenziosa, Mente meravigliosa .

image024A febbraio sono iniziati gli esami e gli studenti della X e XII classe li hanno superati con ottimi risultati.

Gli studenti della scuola di Sarnath e Bodhgaya , da febbraio a meta’ marzo, hanno partecipato alla recita di 125.000 Gayatri Mantra che si e’ conclusa con la Puja del Fuoco, celebrata da un Pandit della G.M.A.,  e’ seguita una grande festa a cui hanno partecipato studenti ed insegnanti.

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image030A marzo e’ tornata Madame Samia Coupat, psicoterapeuta francese.Quest’ anno ha iniziato un corso di formazione sulla sessualita’, rivolto agli insegnanti , per facilitare poi il loro lavoro con gli studenti.

Gli insegnanti hanno molto apprezzato la sua proposta formativa.Madame Samia ha poi trascorso qualche giorno presso la scuola di Bodhgaya, dove ha lavorato con gli insegnanti per aiutarli a capire e migliorare il rapporto con se stessi e gli studenti.

 E’ stata con noi, per due mesi,  Erika di Venezia che ha affiancato l’ ins. di inglese , sia in classe che in ufficio.

Vorremmo ringraziare queste persone che con generosita’ hanno offerto tempo e  professionalita’al nostro progetto.

In giugno circa 45 insegnanti di Sarnath e Bodhgaya hanno seguito un training durato una settimana, tenuto dal Preside Awanis Mishra , da Sudhakar e Mohan.

Siccome il numero delle classi e’ aumentato, sono stati assunti tre nuovi insegnanti.

image032Il 21 giugno, (international yoga day ), presso la scuola di Sarnath e’ stato organizzato un incontro, aperto a tutti, per illustrare questa disciplina, la sua filosofia ed i benefici che derivano dalla sua pratica.Le numerose persone intervenute hanno poi seguito con interesse sia la parte teorica che pratica di questa antica disciplina.

Durante l’ estate abbiamo saputo che e’ venuta a mancare Madame Jvonne, un’ insegnante in pensione che viveva in Belgio. Nel 1999 aveva trascorsoun mese presso la scuola di Sarnath, insieme a Madame Valeria Selleri e  a Padre Andre’ Marie . Poi era tornata per una breve visita.

image034Ha insegnato ai vecchi studenti come sviluppare la concentrazione attraverso la costruzione di un Mandala, una pratica che coltivavagia’ da anni e che ha voluto condividere con noi. Dopo aver offerto una parte dei suoi risparmi per l’ acquisto di un terreno adiacente al primo edificio scolastico, aveva espresso il desiderio che al centro venissecostruito un mandala di fiori.

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Naturalmente il suo desiderio e’ stato rispettato e da allora i fiori piantati in cerchio ci ricordano e ci ricorderanno sempre Madame Jvonne, una persona gentile e generosa che ha creduto nel Progetto Alice e lo ha sempre sostenuto: grazie Madame Jvonne.

Recentemente e’ venuto a mancare anche il papa’ di Subash, un rgazzo Chakma, residente presso la scuola di Sarnath. Purtroppo sapevamo della sua grave malattia iniziata alcuni anni fa.

Dopo queste tristi notizie vorremmo condividerne con voi alcune molto belle: Bipin e’ diventato papa’ di un altro bambino. Sudhakar di un’altra bimba e Yogendra della sua prima figlia. A tutti loro le nostre felicitazioni.

In Italia:

Da alcuni anni ormai, presso la Cascina dei Ricostruttori nella Preghiera di P. Tiziano Tamussi, si organizzano dei campi estivi, rivolti ai bambini e ai genitori.

Le “ ricostruttrici” , dopo aver preparato il programma della settimana formativa, anche questa estate lo hanno proposto , attraverso vari laboratori .Sia il campo estivo che gli incontri mensili con gruppi di bambini hanno come obiettivo quello di aiutarli a conoscere il loro mondo interiore, per migliorare il rapporto con se stessi, gli altri e l’ ambiente circostante, seguendo soprattutto il Percorso del P.A.

Ilaria, rientrata a giugno dall’India, ha accompagnato Valentino durante il suo soggiorno in Italia:

“La sera del 26 luglio la piazza di Zero Branco si e’ vestita a festa per celebrare il ritorno di Valentino, dopo 7 anni di lontananza. Amici arrivati da vicino e lontano, parenti e concittadini si sono radunati per partecipare alla serata a lui dedicata e organizzata dall’amico di lunga data Toni Gasparoni. Valentino e’ atterrato all’ aeroporto di Venezia il giorno seguente, trovando un’accoglienza calorosa  e sinceramente commossa. Il suo ritorno ha segnato l’inizio di un periodo intenso,connotato da grande interesse per il Progetto ed importanti riconoscimenti per il lavoro svolto. Il 29 luglio il sindaco di Zero Branco, Mirco Feston, gli ha conferito il premio Zerotino dell’anno “per l’attivita’ svolta nel campo dell’educazione e dell’istruzione in India”.

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Valentino con il sindaco ed’assessori e con I vecchi alunni             a Firenze durante il workshop

L’incontro e’ stato occasione di uno scambio sincero e accorato sulla nostra attualita’ e sul ruolo dell’educazione per risolvere i problemi che la affligono. Pochi giorni dopo e’ stata la volta della cena con gli ex alunni della prima classe nella quale Valentino sperimento’ il Progetto Alice in Italia negli anni ’80.

Un gruppo di uomini e donne ormai qurantenni hanno aspettato con trepidazione il loro maestro in pizzeria per poi immergersi con lui nei racconti di vita significativi di come quelle “lezioni un po’ strane e tanto speciali” li hanno aiutati negli anni in un percorso di consapevolezza e di superamento dei momenti difficili. Una testimonianza commovente ed intensa che ha donato un’ulteriore conferma dei benefici del metodo di Alice. In particolare ha colpito il racconto di un’ex alunna colpita da sclerosi multipla che ha potuto superare la paralisi alla parte sinistra del corpo grazie all’utilizzo di esercizi di concentrazione imparati alle elementari con il maestro Giacomin.

Nelle settimane seguenti Valentino si e’ dedicato ad incontri, corsi e conferenze. A luglio ha tenuto il corso di formazione sulla visione e sul metodo del Progetto presso la Comunita’ dei Ricostruttori nella Preghiera , a San Pietro Vara, nell’ entroterra ligure. Cinque giorni di immersione totale nella filosofia e nelle tecniche di Alice con lezioni sia teoriche che pratiche con i bambini. Fra i numerosi commenti una partecipante ha detto: “meravigliosa formazione informale e generosa  sulla visione del Progetto Alice. Un’occasione per insegnanti e genitori per aprire mente e cuore!”.

Dopo una parentesi di circa un mese presso la scuola di Sarnath per continuare la formazione con insegnanti e studenti e per affiancare nel suo lavoro Patrizia di Edoardo, un’insegnante che sta preparando una guida pratica per insegnanti per l’applicazione del metodo di Alice in classe, Valentino e’ tornato in Italia dove ha viaggiato in diverse citta’ per parlare di Alice. Un prezioso contributo all’organizzazione di numerosi eventi e conferenze e’ stato dato dalla scrittrice e amica Gloria Germani che da anni aiuta a divulgare il Progetto Alice in Italia. Di inaspettato successo  la serata organizzata presso il cinema Odeon di Firenze,  con la proiezione dell’ultimo documentario sul Progetto ed intervento di Valentino davanti ad una sala gremita di gente. Importante anche lo spazio concesso al Progetto Alice presso lo stend di Terra Nuova durante la fiera “Didactica” dedicata alla scuola: una giornata di workshop ed incontri con un pubblico molto motivato ed interessato.”

Un grazie particolare ad Ilaria per il lavoro che sta svolgendo , con tanta dedizione, in condizioni non sempre facili.`

Come da parecchi anni ormai sono stati richiesti dei corsi di formazione sul percorso del Progetto Alice in diverse citta’. Hanno partecipato insegnanti, educatori, genitori, operatori sociali ma anche persone interessate ad iniziare o ad approfondire un percorso interiore. Questa richiesta di formazione, la partecipazione el’interesse nei confronti del nostro Percorso ci fanno pensare a quanto sia importante un’Educazione Integrata. Le donazioni raccolte durante questi corsi formativi come la vendita dei libri, la lotteria … aiutano un po’ a continuare il Progetto Alice in India.

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Grazie a tutti i nuovi amici ed a coloro che da anni, in modi diversi, sostengono le scuole in India. Auguriamo a tutti voi ed alle vostre famiglie un sereno Natale ed un Felice Anno Nuovo.

Con riconoscenza,

Luigina

Sarnath, 21st November 2017

 

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Dear Friends,

Like last year, this Christmas Letter is written by A.P. students together with Ilaria and Luigina.

Valentino has decided to continue his program of inner research far from India, although he is constantly in touch and personally involved in running and leading the Project together with Ilaria, who is in charge of coordinating the activities and in particular looks after administration. .

Together we have tried to recall the events of the last few months which have passed so quickly to induce us to reflect about time how fast it runs and how precious it is.

“We have tried to use it as well as we could, during the school activities, at home with our families and in our free time.

In last year’s Christmas Letter, we have already told you something about the new big building and its enlargement. All projects have been successfully completed (new classrooms, toilets, chemistry laboratory…) and at present some classes are already inside and using them.

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Enlargement of the new  building                                 Students  during morning assembly

In Bodhgaya School instead, worksare still inprogress”.

All this was made possible thanks to the Association Shining Hope which has been supporting A.P. for two years and recently promised to keep on helping us with maintenance and consolidation of everything has been done so far.

With the contribution of Fondation Zanetti of Treviso we repaired and made safe the roofs of two classrooms and two laboratories, damaged by the fire accident of December 2014, which were only covered by iron sheets and straw.

We have also renovated a few rooms with en-suite toilets, at present used by some Chakma boys, residents at Sarnath school.

“Our Headmaster, Awanish Mishra has a new office located in the building, facing the one just completed. At present almost all classrooms are concentrated in the same area, surrounded by many trees,which make air good and allow us to breathe and meditate better.

At our school you can perceive a peaceful atmosphere which favours better attention and concentration during our lessons and also good relationships with our classmates and teachers. Teachers, who are usually available to repeat the lessons when difficulties arise and don’t get angry when we ask for further explanations.

We also think that this peaceful atmosphere around us, all the teachings we receive and our daily practice have reduced almost to zero bullying episodes, very frequent and constantly increasing in the other schools.

The spiritual education we are receiving here helps us to see beyond diversities (traditions, castes, economic conditions, religions…) and get thetrue peace of heart.

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ch4In the last months some representatives from different religious traditions  have  visited our  school and met us students.In December, before Christmas, we received the visit of Father  Amal and  Swami Varishthanand  from Rama Krishna Mission in Varanasi. In January the residents met Lama Zopa Rimpoche and Lama Monlam. Then Lama Osel spoke to all of us.

image018After this we met a Jainrepresentative ,RatnaJain, a representative of ASS.Gayatri Mantra,  Bhagwan Singh Yadav ( who also celebrated a fire puja after reciting  mantras ) and  Maulana Mohammad Riyajuddin.

A few days ago Father Tiziano Tamussi ,from Ricostruttori nella Preghiera came back to us and he will spend some time also  at our  school in  Bodhgaya .

Each of them spoke about universal values, following the traditions they represented  and in their teachings we have found some “ common roots”: don’t kill, don’t rob, don’t lie, respect  not  only  people but also  animals and  plants…

We are all interconnected, like the rings of a long chain and we have the same Divine Nature. In our school, in addition to the normal subjects (Hindi, English, Mathematics…), we practice yoga, meditation and recite the mantras which arean important part of the Special Program.. 

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As for meditation, we practice many different kinds, some are simple (breathing meditation and peace meditation), others more complex (Trataka, Tong len and Nadi Purification meditation) .We would mainly like to remind: Silent Mind, Wonderful Mind .

In February exams have started and the students of classes X and XII have passed them with very good results.

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Students of Sarnath and Bodhgaya schools, from February until mid March, have participated in reciting 125.000 Gayatri Mantras,  which ended up with the Fire Puja , celebrated  by a Pundit of  G.M.A. and a big feast was offered to the students and teachers.

In springwe organized numerous open air games and we had a very good time.

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image030In March Madame Samia Coupat, the French psychotherapist, came back to Sarnath.

This year she started a training  course  about  sexuality  for   the teachers,  to  make  their  work  with  students  easier.

The teachers have greatly appreciated her training proposals. After that she spent a few days at Bodhgaya School, where she worked with the teachers to help them understand and improve the relationship with themselves and the students.

Also Erika from Venice spent two months with us.  She has helped the English teacher both in class and in the office.

We would like to thank these people who offer their time and knowledge to our Project with great generosity.

In June about 45 teachers from Sarnath and Bodhgaya followed a training course for a week given by Headmaster Awanis Mishra , Sudhakar and Mohan.

Since the number of the classes has increased, three more teachers have been enrolled.

image032On 21st June, (international yoga day), at Sarnath we organized a meeting open to everybody to illustrate this discipline, its philosophy and the benefits which derive from its practice. The numerous people who took part have then followed with great interest both theory and practice of this ancient discipline.

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During the summer we came to know that Madame Yvonne, a retired teacher who lived in Belgium, was no more with us. In 1999 she spent a month at Sarnath schooltogether with Madame Valeria Selleri and Father Andre’ Marie. After that she came again for a short visit.

At the time she taught the older students how to get more concentration by making a Mandala, a practiceshe had been doing for years and that shewanted to share with us. After offering a part of her savingsto buy some land near the first school building, she expressed image036the will thatwe should build a flower mandala in the centre of it.

Of course we accomplished her wish and since then the flowers grown in a circle have, and always will, reminded us of Madame Yvonne, a very kind and generous person who trusted Alice Project and has alwayssupported it:  Thank you Madame Yvonne!

Recentlythere has been another death: the father of Subash, a Chakma boy residentat Sarnath school. We knew that unfortunately he had been suffering from a bad disease for years.

After this sad news we have something very joyful to tell you:  Bipin has become father of another boy while Sudhakar of another daughter and Yogendra had his first daughter. Congratulations to all of them! In Italy:

Starting from a few years ago, at the community  of Ricostruttori nella Preghiera of P. Tiziano Tamussi, they organize some summer camps for children and parents.

Like previous years, also this summer the “ricostruttrici”, a group of women, expert in different educational skills , after preparing the program of the formative week, organized a summer camp for the children, parents and teachers. These summer camps and the monthly meetings with groups of children are aimed at helping them to get to know their inner world and improve the relationship with themselves, the others and the outer world,mainly following the teachings and program of A.P.

Ilaria, back from India in June, was with Valentino duringhis stay in Italy:

“On the evening of 26th July the whole town centre of Zero Branco (TV) was celebrating and warmly welcoming Valentino, who was back after 7 years. Friends from everywhere, relatives andfellow citizens have gathered together to take part in the special feast for Valentino organized by his lifelong friend Toni Gasparoni.  The next day Valentino landed at Venice airport where he was warmlywelcomed in a touching atmosphere.It was the beginning of an intense period of time, characterized by a remarkable interest in the Project and importantappreciations for all the work done. On 29th July the mayor of  Zero Branco, Mirco Feston, gave  Valentino the Zerotino year’s award “for his activity in the field of  education  in India”.

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On that occasion they had the opportunity to exchange opinions and share their concern about current events and the role of education in solving the consequent problems..

A few days later Valentino had a dinner with some former students of the first class in which he started experimenting the Alice Project in Italy, in 80s. Men and women nearly forty years old were really eager to meet their old teacher in the pizzeria where they recalled significant episodes in their lives to say how those strange and very special lessons helped them to achieve inner knowledge and awareness and overcome difficult moments.An intense and touching experiencewhich represents a further confirmation of the validity and benefits of A.P. methodology. It was very interesting to listen to a former student girl suffering from multiple sclerosis.  She said she could overcome the paralysis of the left side of her body thanks to the visualization exercises learnt at the elementary school from teacher Valentino Giacomin.

In the following weeks Valentino was very busy with meetings, courses and conferences. In July he gave a training course on views and method of Alice Project at the “Comunita’ dei Ricostruttori nella Preghiera”, in San Pietro Vara, in the region of Liguria. It was a five day full immersion in the philosophy and methods of Alice, with theory and practical lessons with the children of the Community. One of the participants said: “Marvellous informal and generous training on the views of Alice Project. An opportunity for teachers and parents to open up our heart and mind!”

Then, after a period of about a month at Sarnath school where he continued the formative training for teachers and students and helped Mrs Patrizia di Edoardo, a teacher who is  preparing a practical guide to help  teachers to use Alice methodology  in class, Valentino went back to Italy  and stayed in different cities to talk about Alice Project. The writer and friend Gloria Germani has generously contributed to organize events and conferences in some cities in Tuscany. In fact Mrs Germani has been trying to spread Alice Project for years in Italy. Particularly successful the evening at Odeon cinema in Florence, with the projection of the latest documentary film on Alice Project and Valentino’s intervention in a really crowded hall.   Alice Project was also present at Terra Nuova stand in Florence during “Didacta”, a fair dedicated to  School: meetings and workshop with a number of really interested people.”

A particular “thank you” to Ilaria for all the work she has been doing so far and is keeping on doing, with great dedication and often facing uneasy situations.

As usual many training courses on Alice Project have been requested and done in different cities. They have been attended by teachers, educators, parents, social workers and also people interested in starting or continuing a personal inner work. Those requests for training, the wide participation and the interest in our Project have convinced us of how important Integrated Education is. The donations received during these training courses, from the sale of our books, the lottery … a little help to continueAlice Project in India.

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Many thanks to all the new friends and to the old ones, who in many different ways have been supporting our schools in India for years. We wish you and your families a Joyful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

With a lot of gratitude,

Luigina

Sarnath, 21 November 2017

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NEWS FROM ITALY

We dedicate this newsletter to the activity of Alice Project in Italy in September, after the returning of Valentino and Ilaria from India (September 11th).
There several events have been organized to introduce the Project, its vision and methodology. One of the most important has been the soiree organized by the writer Gloria Germani in her beautiful cinema in the center of Florence, on the occasion of the Dalai Lama’s visit, on September 18th.
The latest documentary about Alice’s Schoolswas projected and Valentino presented the Project to an audience who were very careful and truly interested. The cinema was almost full, as you can see in the photos. We have just one comment that summarizes the public’s feeling. Maria  Teresa Miraglia writes: -“Where do you find someone else like Valentino who after the video on Alice Project in Florence says very interesting things, which alone explained the the topics that would be treated the next day by the Dalai Lama and then concluded saying … “I’m just talking!” (Applying very well the principle of Alice School)! It is true, he was “chatting”, but about sensational things!

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Photo: Valentino and Gloria Germani at Oden Cinema, Florence.

On September 20, Gloria Germani presented to Ilaria, Agata Montevecchi (The responsibles for the Friuli NGO) and Valentino to the friends interested to know about Alice Project and engaged in the research of alternative forms of education.
On the 21st of September, Valentino, Ilaria and Agata met a group of teachers and parents of the small village of Barcola, in the province of Trieste. Valentino illustrated the basic concepts of Alice’s research, stimulating a heated debate among the audience who agreed with both the methodology and philosophical vision proposed by Alice.
Here’s the comment of Laura De Bortoli, the conference organizer:“The woman who left the money for Valentino’s was Elena. She has been with Don Elio (who passed away six months ago) for the last 18 years. She just had to leave before the end of the conference and asked to me to thank you with all her heat. She said, “Valentino is really a wonderful and charismatic man!” I add my heartfelt thanks for leaving her with a smile full of love and joy that I did not see since long time. And not only smile was in her face. To give the hope for a better world is not something small. Thank you so much for everything. The topic of the conference was defined “interesting” by all the people who were present; so people from every level of culture and age appreciated it. They requested to be informed about other possible meetings. Everyone was so excited.

Thanks to Valentino for having shared with us all the educational method of Alice Project. Thanks Ilaria, Agata and all the participants … Thanks for this wonderful trip into the Alice’s world! “ 
Elena Vogrini: “Beautiful experience! Great person and great organizer! I hope to have another conference soon! “ 

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Photo: Laura De Bortoli, Valentino and  AgataMontevecchi.

Immediately after Trieste, Valentino and Ilaria went for a few days to San Pietro Vara, in Val di Vara, in the province of La Spezia, at the Community of Reconstructor in the prayer.

Father Tiziano Tamussi, the founder of the community and supporter of the Alice Project since several years, was waiting for them. Valentino had already held an upgrade course at the Reconstructor’s community  afew months ago. The purpose of the visit was to lay the foundations of a private school set up on the Alice’s model.

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Photo: Father Tiziano outside a beautiful old Church after after having celebrated Mass for only eight people! Right: view of the … paradise where are the parishes entrusted to the Reconstructors.

They visited the villages in that beautiful valley, interacting with the few survivors of the exodus towards the cities.

With Father Tiziano they have … dreamed of reviving, through the educational proposal of Alice, the valleys, recovering not only ancient structures at risk due to degradation and abandonment, but also the culture and the humanity that characterized those places immersed in the green and in the silence.
They also met the group of Alice animators who are already engaged in schools in different cities to define a common action plan to promote a more incisive presence of Alice.

Finally, Valentino spent time giving advises to the parents of “difficult” children who could not find right support at school.

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Mr. Valentino Talking to the parents of the difficult children during his meeting

 

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With best wishes and regards

 

Volunteering association “Progetto Alice Onlus” BancaPopolareEtica- Filiale di Treviso,

 IBAN CODE: IT43 I 050 1812000 000000116204

SWIFT CODE: CRTIT2T84A (From abroad Italy)

Fiscale code of the No profit organization, if you want to give 5X1000 to Alice Project: F.C. 94059510266

Ref: Luigina De Biasi – e-mail: luiginadebiasi@libero.it , tel.0438 893325

 

“Progetto Alice Universal Education School ONLUS” (Friuli) ITALY

BancaPopolare di Vicenza – FilCividale del Friuli (UD)

IBAN CODE:   IT41 N 05728 63740 731570528546

BIC / SWIFT CODE: BPVIIT22731   (From abroad Italy)

Fiscale code of the No profit organization, if you want to give 5X1000 to Alice Project: F.C 94103860303

Ref: AgataMontevecchi – e-mail: progettoalicefvg@alice.it , aghifly@libero.it , tel. 0432 731021 – 339 4840132

 

Bank account details in India

Awakening Special Universal Education – Bank of India, branch Bodhgaya, Gaya (Bihar)

Swift Code BKIDINBBCOS – Fcra: BKID0004479 – A.N. 447920100000010

 

 Contacts:

Email: v_giacomin@hotmail.com ; valentino1@rediffmail.com, sudalice@gmail.com

Mob. 0091/ – 9670806060 Web:  www.aliceproject.org , www.aliceproject.it

The Alice Project team

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