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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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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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na3Pensiamo inoltre che l’ atmosfera serena intorno a noi, tutti gli insegnamenti che  riceviamoe la nostra pratica quotidiana abbiano quasi azzerato episodi di bullismo , molto frequenti ed in continuo aumento nelle altre scuole.

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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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

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

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Bank account details in India

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

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

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Dear Friends,

Here we are with the recent updates about the Alice Project, we hope you will love it.

COPYRIGHT OF ALICE IN INDIA!
We are very happy to inform you all that after being recognized in America, now it’s the turn of India, thanks to our sponsors of Shining Hope we have our copyright. We dedicate this achievement to all of you friends, with whose untying help and support we are growing more and more.

Sharing this joy the Director of Alice Project Schools, Mr. Valentino Giacomin says: “This is a great achievement for our Society and our research project! We are becoming more and more… professional. We dedicate this new success to all our Alice’s friends.”

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The copy of the certificate issued by the government of India, which has been issued recently.

I AM AT THIS LEVEL ONLY THANKS TO ALICE PROJECT-          Sanjay Kumar

Recently the Independence Day was celebrated with joy and happiness.  On this occasion Mr. Sanjay Kumar ( Sanjay is one of our ex-students about whom we have been sharing in our previous newsletters, who was found by us in a juvenile house and now he has become a yoga therapist)hoisted the national flag as the chief guest and shared his experiences with us:

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Sanjay Kumar the chief guest; addressing to the students and hoisting the flag on the Independence Day 

“It is a great honour for me, an unforgettable moment of my life.  I am feeling a deep gratitude and respect to Mr. Valentino ji, Miss Luiginaji, to all my teachers and every single member of Alice Project family for your kindness, love, care and the teachings that I received from you all. Today I have completed my Bsccourse in Yoga therapy and now I am able to help many people and cure those who are suffering from several disease through yoga.  It is a great achievement for me, but this would have never happened by your kind guidance that I received as a student here at the AP.School.  Thank you very much for accepting me as your student and carving me in such way.”

“WE WILL MAKE OUR SCHOOL TEASING AND BULLYING FREE!!!”

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This is a promise which all the students of the AliceProjectSchool made to each other during the lessons of special program. Actually time to time we make an anonymous test with our students how are they feeling at AP. We are conscious about the problems of the modern students which they are facing in the so called VIP schools. We found that the rate of teasing and bullying at the AP school is really very low. They feel happy, loved, and respected.  This is another proof that the meditation, chanting the mantras, yoga, moral and ethical teachings which we are giving to the students is working and it strengthening our belief that education cannot be completed without love, kindness and moral and ethical teachings.

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The students of AP School interacting during the special program lessons with Mr. Valentino

A Meeting with the president of the AliceProjectSchool and the teachers from Alice Project Arunachal Pradesh Branch – how to improve the school at Arunachal Pradesh

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A meeting was recently organized in the presence of the president of the ASUE, the school principal, Miss Ilaria Gambino, and teachers of AP School in the leadership of Mr. Valentino Giacomin.  It was a successful meeting where the new strategies were made for the school and making the future steps to promote the AP methodology in other schools of India and other parts of the world.

A new guide book for the teachers about the Alice Project Methodology:

This is going to be another mile of stone for us. We are happy to share with all of you that Miss Patrizia Di Edoardo a  primary school teacher that worked for a long time in a very famous experimental school called “Pestalozzi” has come to the AliceProjectSchool. She found that the Alice Project is really doing something extraordinary. After visiting several times here at AP, this year she decided to compose a guide book for teachers about how to use and implement the AP methodology. 

Third recognition for Alice:

The recent good news for Alice’s friends: on the 9September, the Alice Project is going to receive the third prestigious award from Sampuranand Sanskrit University of Benaras. The Motivation of this event will be : ” The value and commitment of Alice’s researchers in a thirty-year search – unique and successful – for the creation of a new educational paradigm capable of integrating the traditional school curriculum with secular ethics based on a proper vision of the Reality (beyond dualism – maya) “.We we’ll keep you informed.

The volunteers:

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Group of volunteers: Helen, Ilaria Gambino, Patrizia and DavideMagistroni

We would like to introduce you to Mr. DavideMagistroni and Miss Helen, you can see them in the picture above. They are two new members of our team. They both are young, talented and very much devoted volunteers who want to help the Alice Project now only just as volunteers but they want to be an active part of the team. We are very thankful to both of them and welcome them from the bottom of our hearts for dedicating their help, support and collaboration.

As well as we want to thank all the volunteers who are here and have been helping AP. with their skills and talents, teaching to the students drawing and painting skills, shooting the documentaries, making school videos, supporting us in doing new experiments according to  the AP methodology. You all have been doing a great job. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for your presence.

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A group of volunteers, Daniello, Francesco and Ilaria,(left)              Students learning body painting (right)

New Experiment on Math with the students – No books, some lights and two dozen rocks…Valentino

We are making a new experiment with two groups of kindergarten students. Out of these two there is a class where the teacher proposes a traditional teaching while the other one is working with a teacher who is working with them according to the AP methodology. The tests were carried out (attention, memory, concentration) at the beginning of the trial started a few weeks ago. The purpose of the research is to demonstrate the effectiveness of visualization and meditation to achieve cognitive objectives and cross-cutting behaviour very quickly.

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Three weeks later, when we checked the classes, there was a significant difference between the two groups.

To be noted, the zero cost of experimentation. It is not necessary for students to purchase teaching materials to be used individually or books.

Thanksto our Taiwanese Friends for their solidarity and support to Alice Project:

We would like to thank all our Taiwanese friends for their solidarity and the immense help that we are continuously receiving from them. Here we would like to share with all of you friends that our friends from Taiwan are lay people, most of them are workers who do very hard work for their livelihood. Some of them are retired people, and we know how difficult life becomes especially when you are retired. But even after this, these people make contribution and collect annual funds for the Alice Project students. This is why all of our friends from Taiwan have a special place in our hearts.

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Mr. Valentino with Mr. Pan, Ching Hui  and Mrs Shih, Hui – Chen

Here we would like to express our gratitude to Mr. Pan, Ching Hui   and Mrs Shih, Hui – Chen, who have been supporting us in all these years. Last year they had a big accident where they lost their house and entire things in it. It was a difficult time for them. But even in this difficult time they did not forget the AP school, and this year, like all these years, they made a contribution to us which shows their great love, faith and solidarity with us.

New teachers at the Alice Project Schools:

We would like to welcome all the new teachers who joined the Alice Project family this year. We appointed three new teachers (one male and two female) to teach in the primary and senior classes. As this year we admitted many new students (about 148 students) so there was a lack of teachers. Therefore three well qualified teachers were appointed at the school. We welcome all of them in our family.

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A pleasant moment with the group of all the teachers together with samosa and snacks

We would like to thank all of our teachers for their collaboration, without them the Alice Project would have been only in the books and newsletter. It is only because of all of their untiring effort, patience, the love and care that they are giving to the students and their solidarity that the school is becoming bigger year by year and every year hundreds and hundreds of students are getting chance to have a better education.

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Finally the residential students of our hostel: 

The hostel of the Alice Project Sarnath has become bigger now, actually the students of Bodhgaya branch have arrived here at Sarnath School. We have organized an intensive lesson program for them, so that they can do a better preparation for their exams which is going to happen soon. They like this new way of teaching here, and they are confident for their success in the board exams.

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The other children are also doing well; all of them are growing under the guidance of their teachers, hostel wardens and the care takers. We thank all our sponsors and donors who are specially supporting hostel projects. It is because of their help and regular donations that we are able to cater more than 80 hostel students in all of the three branches of AP School.

So dear friends, now we leave you with some of these images of our kids, we will be back in our next newsletter with some more updates.

With infinite thanks

Alice Project team

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Volunteering association “Progetto Alice Onlus” Banca Popolare Etica- 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

Banca Popolare di Vicenza – Fil Cividale 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: Agata Montevecchi – 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

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image003Dear friends, we are here once again with new updates .We hope you will love it. As all of you know, the project is growing day by day and people from different places are joining us in the wonderful journey of Alice’s adventure. Now the Alice has become 35. The adventure of Alice started in the year 1983 and the project was born from the intuition of two Italian teachers, Valentino Giacomin and Luigina de BiasiThey worked for more than ten years researching and defining the contents and methods of a new educational paradigm for all schools (1980 – 1990). After conducting considerable research, the results were quite encouraging, and made the researchers wonder if they had in fact stumbled onto a possible solution to the problems plaguing modern societies in relation to student’s behavior and academic achievement.

However, further confirmations were necessary to validate the results of the investigators, who decided, therefore, to repeat the experiments with greater scientific rigor, in a different cultural context. They chose to work in India for the impoverished children, coming from the poorest rural area of Sarnath. The first Indian Alice Project intercultural and interreligious school was founded in Sarnath, in 1994.

Initially, there were only 75 students and four teachers. Today, after all these years of unyielding activity, today the school has more than one thousand students, 65 teachers and it is officially recognized by the Indian Government. Classes cover all school years, ranging from kindergarten to university.

In 2001 another school was opened in Bodhgaya, and it is now partly self-managed by the students. A third school, for the Chakma ethnic minority, is located in the State of Arunachal Pradesh.

The methodology of the project, which respects all spiritual paths, has been successfully adopted by the Aghoreshwar School in Varanasi, Tergar monastery in Bodhgaya and by some Tibetan schools in Ladakh. Previously, teachers in Italy, Taiwan, Nepal, U.S.A., Colombia and France had started pilot projects related to the Alice Project.

On the occasion of the success of all these years , on June 26th a party was organized at Zero Branco in Italy. On this occasion many of our close and distant friends participated the ceremony.

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 A group of the AP friends, including father Titiziano Taumasi,  standing next to Mr. Valentino

After the meeting a friends of us sent us the following feedback:

A moving testimony

Dear Valentino,

I have not made myself alive so I do not load too much the box of your mail, but I cannot really shut up. What about these days so intense and rich that you made me live.

The friends in the square of your village, the reception from the Mayor and the evening with your ex-students who will go with them all the life impressions you left on them, in their minds and in their hearts. It was exciting and moving to listen to them.

The words of the young girl – who, “thanks to the visualization and memorizing technique” that you taught her, managed to overcome an incurable illness to our day – were almost surrealist.

Valentino, even if this was the only result – and certainly it is not – that you’ve got it with your passion, with the certainty of being right, it would already be a great thing. And it is big because she said that in the world, only two  people have overcome the illness through  this technique  (that she has learnt from you, 30 years ago, when she was primary school student ) and she is one of these two. I told her she should write a book and she replied that she was thinking about it. I’d like to be in the next meeting.

Valentino, as you’ve noticed, staying at Zero Branco gave me a new energy…

Valeria Selleri from Belgium

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Photo: Valeria is the first left on the photo above. Below, on the left of Valentino: the former student who is “controlling her brain disease” using the meditation technique she has learn when she was Primary school student.   

Alice is on the front page today!

It was a great honor  to Mr. Valentino Giacomin and the Alice Project, that several Italian newspapers wrote about the success of the Alice Project and its adventure in all these years.

2Dedicating his honor to the Alice Project Students Mr. Valentino says: “We dedicated this honor to our students of Alice who don’t have much physical well-being, but they are rich spiritually and humanely.”

A new thesis on Alice Project methodology

3A new thesis has been published about the Alice Project methodology, which has been conducted by the well-known Italian University “UNIVERSITA DEL SALENTO”  Expressing his gratitude to the writer, Mr. Valentino says: “Congratulations to the grad student and, a little, also to us of Alice that  have managed (for several years) to enter the Italian universities thanks to intelligent students, open, brave and also thanks to their teachers, who have agreed to accompany students in Easy Search For Alice’s path.
 

Excellent results in the state level exams

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Teachers and the students of Alice Project during the math lessons and Massage session

Recently the U.P. Government published the results of State Board Exams for class X and XII.
This year there was no chance to cheat or copy. The controls were very strict. In spite of this, the students of Alice Project got brilliant results compared to other schools.
95.5 % of our students class XII passed examinations against 82.5 % of other schools of the State.
93.3% of students class X passed the examinations against 81.6 percent of other schools.
Outstanding the results of some Alice students of class X who got the highest marks among students of surrounding area and the achievement was outlined in the local press.
There is not much to say except that inner knowledge, awareness, meditation are not affecting academic knowledge. On the opposite, the students receive an immense benefit from our special education that is aimed to help the kids to receive high scores not only in school subjects, but also, and above all, in those of the … heart. We are proud to say that we achieved our goal! With our results we would like to prove that once again we are right on what we are doing. We are not wasting the time of our students doing Yoga, meditation, special program and other activities.

Expressing himself one of our teachers says:

“…………..Apparently it may look that we are wasting time. But this wonderful performance of our students in the state level exams is a proof that it works, and it helps the students to be more aware, concentrated and focused on their studies and it prepares them for all the future exams not only the scholastic, also for the final exams of their lives. When they have to face the reality, the difficulties and the challenges of life. The Alice Project methodology will help them to overcome all of these and to live a happy, peaceful and joyful life.”

International Yoga day Celebration:

Recently on 21st of June on the occasion of International Yoga day a Yoga workshop was organized at the Alice Project School.  All the teachers, residential students and local people participated in it. Here we are sending you some images of the event.. All the participants had a wonderful time together. The program was very successful. The famous Hindi newspaper  Swatnra Chetana wrote about us.

On the international Yoga day, the Alice Project School, Ghurhoopur organized a Yoga retreat at its premises. The teachers, the  staff, the students of the Schools, run by Alice Project, participated in it. The parents of these students also participated in it. All of them believed that Yoga is highly important for the physical and mental health, especially in this modern age. All they took an oath of regular practice of Yoga. The program was organized by the Yoga teacher Mr. Arun Kumar Shulka, and the school prinicpal Mr. Awaneesh Kumar Mishra. They thanked all the participants for their precious time.

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The copy of the news article (left)                                    The students of AP practicing Yoga

Here we would happily like to share that Yoga is not something new for us. It is the Alice Project who started teaching Yoga for the first in its schools in 1998. In those days its people were unknown about it. And very few people were there, those who knew Yoga and for them Yoga was like a Gymnastic exercise.  We were desperately searching a Yoga teacher for our students and  after a long struggle and search, we could find only one teacher in those days who was living in another part of the city.  He was the only person in Varanasi who used to teach Yoga. Generally he used to be very busy. So at first he only promised to come three days a week.

And now after all these years, we are the schools where we have the maximum number of qualified Yoga teachers.  We have more than 25 skilled teachers who got the Yoga teachers training from the several well-known universities of India i.e. Bihar Yoga Bharti, Munger Bihar, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana – Bangalore and Banaras Hindu university , Varanasi.  What’s more is that one of our students, Mr. Sanjay Kumar, has recently completed his bachelor degree course in Yoga and therapy from SVYAS- Bangalore.  Nowadays he has been doing his preparation for Master degree course.

Teachers training at the Alice Project Sarnath:

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On 24th of June a teacher training workshop has been organized at Sarnath branch where more than 45 teachers from Sarnath and Bodhgaya schools have been participating.  It has been the first time that the trainees and the trainers both have been totally independent and autonomous, free from … Western pressure and, sometimes, presumption.   The training was lead by some of the senior teachers and some junior ones. It was a great experience for all the teachers, as some of the teachers have been former students there and now after all these years of learning and training they have been good enough to train others, sharing their own experiences.  All of them did a wonderful job, although it was not that easy but they did it.

On seeing their performance, Mr. Valentino congratulated them with the following words:

 I am happy to see that almost all the teachers are attending the training in spite of heat and family’s duty. It is the first time that you are totally independent and autonomous, free from … Western pressure and, sometimes, presumption. I have to tell to everybody that we Western have only to thank India and Indians for the gift of knowledge and the wisdom we got. Since long time I am saying that India should not compete with the Western madness (economical foolishness, social wildness, scholastic irrationality, religious confusion…), because there is nothing that India can learn from the Western degeneration. India can be a leader in the world exporting not only yoga, but much more: the Wisdom that we tried to summarize in our books (Wise Rabbit and Ranjeet and his Stories).

So, first of all, I’d like to say thanks to all of you because – from your culture-  I learnt the most important and precious things for my life: the moral ethic values; spirituality; the concept of Maya, emptiness; the concept of interdependence; the incredible power of Myths for inner and external order…

All this to say that the time has arrived that you can take the school and its destiny on your hands, assuming full responsibility for the whole Educational research.

We are ready to support anyone who wishes to be more involved in the Society’s administration, or Educational research.

We want to train more and more Indian people so that the school can be self-reliant and self-standing.- V.G.

Retreat of Mr. Valentino:  In our previous newsletter we have shared with you that Mr. Valentino has been doing a special retreat called Nuy Ne in France.  It will last for seven months. The purpose of the practice is: of course the personal benefit but the reason which is higher than his personal benefit is for the Alice Project to remove obstacles and interference.  “We would love to inform you that it has been successfully completed.  Two days before completion of his retreat Mr. Valentino shared the following message with all of us:
Two more days are left, then I will be back to my village, Zero Branco, where friends are waiting to welcome the “Return of Alice Project”… Today, I was shocked reading the first page of the local Italian newspapers, announcing my re entrée. The feeling I acknowledged in my heart was not personal pride, but delight for the positive image of Alice Project and our students. What to say at the conclusion of this amazing experience, here, in France?
Only one word comes to my heart: Thanks.
Infinite thanks to an extraordinary monk, Charles, who succeeded to guide us with spiritual competence, patience, humility, discretion, prudence, love and kindness, through the … rough weather of the retreat.
Infinite thanks to Lama Zopa Rinpoche who is the real inspiration and sponsor for this special retreat. He was the one who always protected us (from far) and we felt this.
Infinite thanks to all people of Vajrayogini (a real powerful, peaceful, well organized dharma center) who have shown nice hospitality, empathy, respect and encouragement.
Infinite thanks to my retreat friends, who took care of me and helped me in any possible way.
For this night this is all that comes out from my heart.”

And here is the new look of him after the practice.

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  Mr. Valentino and his companions during the practice at the center in France

So dear friends here we conclude this newsletter with these updates. We hope that you loved it.  On behalf of all the Alice Project students, teachers, staff and the entire Alice Project family, once again we thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts, for your kind love, affection, help, support and your solidarity.

Your help to our community is sincerely appreciated. With the help of donations and supports from all of you supporters we will continue to see improvements in our school. We will keep you updated in our next newsletters.

Thanks again for your support.

Best wishes

Sudhakar

Volunteering association “Progetto Alice Onlus” Banca Popolare Etica- 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

Banca Popolare di Vicenza – Fil Cividale 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: Agata Montevecchi – 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- 8858771850 Web:  www.aliceproject.org , www.aliceproject.it

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Retreat of Mr. Valentino:  We would like to share that Mr. Valentino is doing a special retreat called Nuy Ne in France.  It will last for seven months. The purpose of the practice is: of course the personal benefit but the reason which is higher than his personal benefit is for the Alice Project to remove obstacles and interference. It was a pleasure for him to meet Father Titiano, who personally went there to meet him. Here is what he says after meeting him:

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Valentino meeting Father Tiziano(a jesuit priest) and Ilaria Gambino (Co-ordinator Alice Proect)

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of receiving a visit from father Tiziano Tamussi, a priest from “I Ricostruttori nella Preghiera“.” Father Tiziano came to visit the schools of Sarnathand Bodhgaya two years ago. Students welcomed him with a lot of sympathy and admiration for his simplicity, his humility and, especially, for his guitar with which he taught some songs to our students.”

Good luck ceremony for the students of class X and XII: On 4th March the school organized a farewell  for the students of class X and XII. Actually instead of saying a farewell ceremony, we call it the good luck ceremony. Because we believe that there is never a farewell for a student form his/her school. The students are always welcome to the school and they will find us welcoming them with open hands and open hearts. Children thanked the school and the teachers with nice songs and poems for all they received from us. Some of them shared their experiences as well.

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Different moments of the ceremony and the group of students with the class teacher

This is what our students say about us:   “We will always miss Alice Project School and all

our teachers”- Sanjay Kumar.

“Today we are not just leaving our school but I feel as if I was leaving my own home. I do not know how the world will be after this… I request all my teachers, who are as our guardians not only teacher,to bless us so that wherever we go in the world people know us not by our name but with the name of  Alice . Once again thank you for all.”-  Rahul Singh

“We will never forget this school. We thank all the teachers and staff of our school, who always helped us and supported us.” – says Manoj Patel

Examination at the school :

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Dear friends, what do you think of this picture? Actually there is a very short story behind it. On   31st    of   March   the   results   were declared at the Alice Project School. On that day one of our teachers found this girl with shining face. Her smile attracted him and out of curiosity he asked her, “How many marks did you get?” This is what she answered: ” Thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis much!”

We are happy to inform you that this year also hundred percent of our students passed in the annual exams at the school level. While the students of class X and XII are going to complete their exams soon. We wish all the best to all our students.

Starting of the new session: On the 1st April the new session started with the prayers and morning assembly. Students and the teachers both were very enthusiastic. The students found new teachers and the teachers also found new students. Some of them changed the classrooms and therefore everything was very new for them.

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Students during the morning assembly on the first day of the educational year

Construction of new laboratories for the students: We are very happy to share with you that the new laboratories for the senior high school students are under construction. We have planned to make three laboratories for them, the work has started and soon it will be completed.

Games at the School:  After the exams we organized games for our students, where students of all the classes participated in several games like race, long jump, high jump, slow race …… Actually, the reason why we organized these games at the school is very interesting.

Some of our friends, said that it seems that our students are good in studying and meditating, but what about games and other physical activities? Wonderful results were found out. We found that the practice of Yoga and meditation helped the students to be more aware and concentrate and they could easily get their goal. You can see here in the images how concentrate and happy they were.

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Students participating in slow race and some others enjoying their time during the games

Alice project organizes a 5 kundiya Gayatri Maha yajna

” It was an incredible moment for me, unforgettable.” – Miss Ilaria Gambino

On 15th April 2017 Alice project organized a 5 kundiya Gayatri Maha Yajna (fire puja) for world peace, well being of all the sentient beings and universal brotherhood.

Under the guidance of the Acharyas from Gayatri Shakti Peeth this auspicious mantra was chanted for 125.000 times by all the students and the teachers of the schools which are run by the society, Universal Education School and Sarvbhaumik Shikshasharam Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya.

On this occasion the Acharya Mr. Bhardwaj ji, explained to the students about the values of traditional Gurukul system of teaching and the importance of performing the fire puja in the Guru’s Ashram. By this inspirational Bhajans and teachings he inspired everyone to keep mother earth and the environment clean.

We would like to inform you that the director of the society Mr. Valentino Giacomin has said this on many occasions that India, which has adorned itself as the Vishwaguru, already has the solution of all the modern crisis in itself. But because of following the western way of living we have lost the key of this treasure. And gradually we are getting far and far from our roots.

Only the spirituality is solution of all the of our sufferings. And by getting inspired of this Indian tradition Alice Project started the Gayatri Mantra Chanting retreat and established a Gaytari peeth  (a  temple  dedicated  to  Goddess  Gaytari)  in 2003.  From that  time continuously this mantra is being chanted uninterrupted by the students and the teachers of the project. Weekly fire puja is organized at the school, in which the students and the teachers participate                                   with great happiness. Miss. Ilaria Gambino, from Italy who is the in charge of the school was also participating this ceremony. For her it was the first time she participated in some program like this. She was very moved to see this. She said: “It was an incredible moment for me, unforgettable…I am feeling so fortunate…”

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Teachers and students of Alice Project School during the fire puja

The residential students of Alice Project:  The residential students are doing well. 5 of them appeared in the board examinations this year. Three of them: Suneel, Masoom and Rinchen were in class X, while the other two Amar and Kappin were in class XII. After the exams they have the plan to go back to their villages to meet their parents and the family.

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Different images of our Sarnath residential students during different activities at school

While other residentials also passed their classes with first division, all of them have been promoted. Some of them like Punyjoti and Karma Choizom, have been promoted to the Junior High school. Soman, Dolma, Junaki, and Chonga the, senior residential girls successfully promoted the class IX and now they are in class X.

Erika a volunteer:  Greetings from the school to Erika, a guest who wanted to know India living in contact with our students. She chose to explore the philosophy of Alice Project, teaching English and editing our books that have not been published yet: a precious and qualified contribution that enriches our catalog of new titles.

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Erika (the first one on the left)                                                                     Samia (the first one on the left)

I learned more than what I taught here at Alice Project: After leaving Sarnath,

Erika sent us this inspiring message:

Only two weeks have passed since I left Alice School in Sarnath and I miss it so much. Teaching English as a volunteer in India has always been one of my dreams, but Alice Project gave me the opportunity to go beyond my expectations. I have seen independent children of different ages collaborating together, meditating and praying. I have seen them singing while preparing their food, laughing and enjoying simple things while here in Italy kids (and adults) have too much and don’t know how to appreciate life, be happy and grateful. There is an incredible need of exporting this method of education in the western world, where happiness and the important values have been lost, while materialism is overwhelming us and leading us to the wrong path. The kids of Alice Project taught me that you don’t have to look for love, you have to give love. If you give love, it will find you. Indeed they don’t take anything for granted. Today my love and thoughts go to those little girls and boys who can smile even though life is hard and sometimes unfair. I thank them for teaching me more than I could ever expect or I could learn from any books or from spoiled western fake friends. As someone said: “What you keep for yourself is lost. What you give is yours forever. It’s in giving that we receive”. Before going to India I felt like I did not fit in the world where I was born. Instead of complaining, I understood that the only thing you can do is helping to create a new one. Alice Project is the answer! It has changed my life and now I see everything from a different point of view. Would like to thank all the people working for Alice School (Yogendra, Ilaria, Judith, Luigina), the Principal and all the teachers (a special THANK YOU to the supportive and always positive Mr Sudhakar Prasad), for making me feel so welcome, loved and part of this big wonderful family. You will always be in my heart and I will never forget you!                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                        – Erika

The Alice Project thanks to Madam Samia for her help : We would also like to thank Madam Samia, a highly qualified psychotherapist and counselor from France, for her immense help and contribution to our school. She has been coming to our school for the last three years. This is her third visit. In all her visits she has worked with the school teachers, training them here in Sarnath and in Bodhgaya. We would like to thank her also for giving her precious time in counseling and giving suggestions to the students. The project will be very grateful for her contribution.

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Teachers of Sarnath (left in the photos) and Bodghaya (on thr right) during the training of Madam Samia

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“Do not always think about the ‘self’, the ‘I’. Think for the greater interest of everyone. Dedicate yourself for the welfare of everyone.You are learning language, you are learning meditation; whatever you are learning here, it’s for the numberless human beings, numberless universe, numberless animals, numberless asura beings, numberless hell beings to help to freedom from suffering of samsara to cause happiness-ultimate happiness, everlasting happiness, Nirvana. Then, that’s kindness, a form of motivation. Thus, your body, speech and mind is pure.


Alice Project is different from other schools. They (other schools) never learn about true life, they never learn about meditation and mind. One year ago, I met children outside the stupa. They were very young. However, I could see the difference in them from other schools’ children. Their mind was more conscious than those of other schools’ children
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Lama ZopaRimpocheaddressing  to Alice Project’s residential children during his recent visit

MINDFULNESS AND MORAL ETHICS – The secret of a successful Education.
Speech of Monlam Lama to Alice Project’s teachers:  Only Scholastic education is not important for the development of a student’s mind. There must be the moral Education together with it. As the Education about mindfulness and moral and ethical values can make his learning complete. As if a person will not know these things, how the mind is working and what are the effect of mental afflictions on one’s mind one can never know the real nature of the mind. And knowing this is very important because if a student will know all these, the negativeness of himself will be less and he will not do something wrong. As if we see now a days all the people those who are harming others, and killing and doing violence most of them are highly educated but there is the lack of moral and ethical teachings, they are not mindful at all. This is why they are doing all these. So if we want to change this we should develop the mindfulness in our students since very begging. So that these seeds many flourish in their personality and they can be a better citizens of this world.”

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Lama Zopa, Lama Monlam, (in the image on left) Lama Osel (in the image on right)students and the staff of the school

“I GOT EMOTIONAL!”  – Lama Osel
Lama Osel who paid a visit to the Alice Project School while speaking to the students Lama said:

Virtuous actions are very important. One should try to utilize the time which one has as a human to use it as much as possible to do good actions. So that one can find the real happiness in his life. As we see now a days everyone is busy in the external world, trying to find happiness in the worldly things and this is why the greed , desire, pride and such things are increasing in the persons mind and instead of getting happiness the person is getting more and more unhappy.
It does not matter how big is our virtuous action as soon or later it will be fruitful. Because whatever action one does in his life, he is putting a seed and as the seeds will be same fruits we will get. Therefore we should always be aware and try to put the positive seeds as many as possible. As the real happiness cannot be found in the external world it is inside us.
Now a days we as human have become self-centered, and we are working only to make happy to our oneself. This is the reason that we get unhappiness. This is why it is very important that we get our of this bondage of selfishness and we work for the well being of all the sentient beings. As if we are doing this, we are sowing a seed.This seed is for the nourishment of Humanity. This kind of teachings we have been reeving for thousands of years so now this is our responsibility to act in positive way so that we can develop the vast humanity. What you are doing here is also sowing the seeds of positive actions.

“This is why I get so emotional to see all of you, so peaceful, so beautiful, so amazing.”

108,000 times Gayatri Mantra Chanting retreat:

All the students, teachers, staff and every member of the Alice Project family got such a wonderful opportunity to chant 108,000 times Gayatri Mantra for the well-being of all the sentient beings and world peace.

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Students and the teachers chanting the mantra during the morning assembly

Gayatri Mantra is highly powerful mantra which improves the cognitive and intellectual level washing away the sins and purifying your mind, body and soul. Enchanting this mantra makes you feel relaxed thus increasing concentration power. The first word of the mantrastarts with Om. The pronunciation of this ‘Om’ word creates a sound sending vibration through your lips, tongue, back of your throat and skull, which calms down your mind releasing the relax hormones to make you feel relaxed…….

Growing Alice Project:

The construction of 6 new classrooms for senior high school students and repairing of the classrooms of thejunior students is going on.

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The classrooms before repairing and after

After the fire incident in the year 2014 the classrooms of the junior students were damaged and their repairing was highly necessary. Thanks to the Alice Project friends and supporters,FondazioneZanetti,who sent their immense help. Now we are makingrooms are ready for the students.

While 6 new rooms together with laboratories are under construction, we are very much hopeful that the school is going to the affiliation of plus two in the few months. So these rooms will be very helpful for our senior high school student. We thank to the Shining Hope Association for the construction of the 6 new classrooms. Not only for this, also for involving in the Alice Project deeply, and promising to help us in future also.

The Editorial Project:

We are very happy to inform that thanks to the kind help of Khyense foundation, we are successfully going to complete the printing of two of our Books; Beyond the boundaries and Treasury of wisdom. Beyond the boundaries a collection of stories and Treasury of wisdom, is one of our didactic material for teaching philosophy moral and ethical values to the students.

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Our recent publications (Treasure of wisdom, Kshitigarbha Mantra , Kutuzangpo mantra and beyond the boundaary book) 

Beside these two books we have successfully printed Cards with Kshitigarbha mantra and Kuntunzangpo prayer booklet (the Great Perfection.

Sanjay Yogi:

This is Sanjay (please see the image down). We used to call him Sanjay Jailer but now we call him Sanjay Yogi. As many of our friends already know about him through our previous newsletters, he has an extraordinary story. We found him in the juvenile house; where he was brought as an orphan.

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Sanjay  receiving his Bsc Yoga certificate (on left)Sanjay Yogi

As we found him from the juvenile house and after he was brought here after a long struggle, and we had some other Sanjays here, so we started calling him, Sanjay Jail.  This is was how we were recognizing.

But after all these years from 2006 to 2017, he found the inner Yogi which was in him. Now he has recently completed his BSc course in Yoga from the famous university in south Indai, Swami Vivekanand Yoga Anushandhan Kendra. This is why we call him Sanjay Yogi now. He wanted to go on with his studies and now he is doing his Master degree there. We hope all the very best for him.

The volunteers:

We thank Miss Ilarai Gambino for all her help and effort which she is providig to the Alice Project in the absence of Mr. Valentino Giacomin. She is managing and co-ordinating the school. We also thank to Judith Soussans who is helping the school in finding sponsors,  contacting them, organizing the teachers training and supporting the Project , as well as she is the in charge of Alice Project France.

We would like to thank also to Paola Gallerani, an old friend of Mr. Valentino and Lugina who has been financially supporting the school, for her kind visit at the Alice Project Saranth and Bodhgaya schools. We hope to see you in future again.

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(Judith and Ilaira during the visit of Lama Zopa)              (Paola in the middle, with her husband an Ilaria)

We warmly thank you all the  helpers, supporters, volunteers, the visitors and all the Alice Project friends who are  helping the project at their levelsand for your precious help in going on with our educational work. Without your help the project would not have been going on so smoothly.

The Alice Project team

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image001 copyThe students and the teachers were very fortunate to get blessed by very venerable Lama ZopaRimpoche who was here at the Tara Temple on 18/01/17.While speaking to the students he said:

“Do not always think about the ‘self’, the ‘I’. Think for the greater interest of everyone. Dedicate yourself for the welfare of everyone.You are learning language, you are learning meditation; whatever you are learning here, it’s for the numberless human beings, numberless universe, numberless animals, numberless asura beings, numberless hell beings to help to freedom from suffering of samsara to cause happiness-ultimate happiness, everlasting happiness, Nirvana. Then, that’s kindness, a form of motivation. Thus, your body, speech and mind is pure.
Alice Project is different from other schools. They (other schools) never learn about true life, they never learn about meditation and mind. One year ago, I met children outside the stupa. They were very young. However, I could see the difference in them from other schools’ children. Their mind was more conscious than those of other schools’ children”.

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Lama ZopaRimpocheaddressing  to Alice Project’s residential children during his recent visit

MINDFULNESS AND MORAL ETHICS – The secret of a successful Education.
Speech of Monlam Lama to Alice Project’s teachers:  Only Scholastic education is not important for the development of a student’s mind. There must be the moral Education together with it. As the Education about mindfulness and moral and ethical values can make his learning complete. As if a person will not know these things, how the mind is working and what are the effect of mental afflictions on one’s mind one can never know the real nature of the mind. And knowing this is very important because if a student will know all these, the negativeness of himself will be less and he will not do something wrong. As if we see now a days all the people those who are harming others, and killing and doing violence most of them are highly educated but there is the lack of moral and ethical teachings, they are not mindful at all. This is why they are doing all these. So if we want to change this we should develop the mindfulness in our students since very begging. So that these seeds many flourish in their personality and they can be a better citizens of this world.”

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Lama Zopa, Lama Monlam, (in the image on left) Lama Osel (in the image on right)students and the staff of the school

“I GOT EMOTIONAL!”  – Lama Osel
Lama Osel who paid a visit to the Alice Project School while speaking to the students Lama said:

Virtuous actions are very important. One should try to utilize the time which one has as a human to use it as much as possible to do good actions. So that one can find the real happiness in his life. As we see now a days everyone is busy in the external world, trying to find happiness in the worldly things and this is why the greed , desire, pride and such things are increasing in the persons mind and instead of getting happiness the person is getting more and more unhappy.
It does not matter how big is our virtuous action as soon or later it will be fruitful. Because whatever action one does in his life, he is putting a seed and as the seeds will be same fruits we will get. Therefore we should always be aware and try to put the positive seeds as many as possible. As the real happiness cannot be found in the external world it is inside us.
Now a days we as human have become self-centered, and we are working only to make happy to our oneself. This is the reason that we get unhappiness. This is why it is very important that we get our of this bondage of selfishness and we work for the well being of all the sentient beings. As if we are doing this, we are sowing a seed.This seed is for the nourishment of Humanity. This kind of teachings we have been reeving for thousands of years so now this is our responsibility to act in positive way so that we can develop the vast humanity. What you are doing here is also sowing the seeds of positive actions.

“This is why I get so emotional to see all of you, so peaceful, so beautiful, so amazing.”

108,000 times Gayatri Mantra Chanting retreat:

All the students, teachers, staff and every member of the Alice Project family got such a wonderful opportunity to chant 108,000 times Gayatri Mantra for the well-being of all the sentient beings and world peace.

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Students and the teachers chanting the mantra during the morning assembly

Gayatri Mantra is highly powerful mantra which improves the cognitive and intellectual level washing away the sins and purifying your mind, body and soul. Enchanting this mantra makes you feel relaxed thus increasing concentration power. The first word of the mantrastarts with Om. The pronunciation of this ‘Om’ word creates a sound sending vibration through your lips, tongue, back of your throat and skull, which calms down your mind releasing the relax hormones to make you feel relaxed…….

Growing Alice Project:

The construction of 6 new classrooms for senior high school students and repairing of the classrooms of thejunior students is going on4         The classrooms before repairing and after

After the fire incident in the year 2014 the classrooms of the junior students were damaged and their repairing was highly necessary. Thanks to the Alice Project friends and supporters,FondazioneZanetti,who sent their immense help. Now we are makingrooms are ready for the students.

While 6 new rooms together with laboratories are under construction, we are very much hopeful that the school is going to the affiliation of plus two in the few months. So these rooms will be very helpful for our senior high school student. We thank to the Shining Hope Association for the construction of the 6 new classrooms. Not only for this, also for involving in the Alice Project deeply, and promising to help us in future also. 

The Editorial Project:

We are very happy to inform that thanks to the kind help of Khyense foundation, we are successfully going to complete the printing of two of our Books; Beyond the boundaries and Treasury of wisdom. Beyond the boundaries a collection of stories and Treasury of wisdom, is one of our didactic material for teaching philosophy moral and ethical values to the students.

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Our recent publications (Treasure of wisdom, Kshitigarbha Mantra , Kutuzangpo mantra and beyond the boundaary book)

Beside these two books we have successfully printed Cards with Kshitigarbha mantra and Kuntunzangpo prayer booklet (the Great Perfection.

Sanjay Yogi:

This is Sanjay (please see the image down). We used to call him Sanjay Jailer but now we call him Sanjay Yogi. As many of our friends already know about him through our previous newsletters, he has an extraordinary story. We found him in the juvenile house; where he was brought as an orphan.

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Sanjay  receiving his Bsc Yoga certificate (on left)Sanjay Yogi

As we found him from the juvenile house and after he was brought here after a long struggle, and we had some other Sanjays here, so we started calling him, Sanjay Jail.  This is was how we were recognizing.

But after all these years from 2006 to 2017, he found the inner Yogi which was in him. Now he has recently completed his BSc course in Yoga from the famous university in south Indai, Swami Vivekanand Yoga Anushandhan Kendra. This is why we call him Sanjay Yogi now. He wanted to go on with his studies and now he is doing his Master degree there. We hope all the very best for him.

The volunteers:

We thank Miss Ilarai Gambino for all her help and effort which she is providig to the Alice Project in the absence of Mr. Valentino Giacomin. She is managing and co-ordinating the school. We also thank to Judith Soussans who is helping the school in finding sponsors,  contacting them, organizing the teachers training and supporting the Project , as well as she is the in charge of Alice Project France.

We would like to thank also to Paola Gallerani, an old friend of Mr. Valentino and Lugina who has been financially supporting the school, for her kind visit at the Alice Project Saranth and Bodhgaya schools. We hope to see you in future again.

7 (Judith and Ilaira during the visit of Lama Zopa)     (Paola in the middle, with her husband an Ilaria)

We warmly thank you all the  helpers, supporters, volunteers, the visitors and all the Alice Project friends who are  helping the project at their levelsand for your precious help in going on with our educational work. Without your help the project would not have been going on so smoothly.

The Alice Project team

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