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Cari amici,

questa lettera di Natale è stata scritta “a più mani”: dagli studenti del Progetto Alice, da Ilaria e Luigina ed insieme vorremmo raccontarvi quanto è accaduto nel corso di quest’anno. Non è stato facile ricordare tutti gli avvenimenti, le persone che sono venute a visitarci, le nuove esperienze… e ci scusiamo se qualcosa mancherà.

Valentino, dopo tanti anni di permanenza continua presso le scuole in India, ha deciso di prendersi una pausa di alcuni mesi per dedicarsi con più calma alla sua ricerca personale.

 Ilaria, che viene dal Piemonte, ed è già stata presso le nostre scuole come volontaria lo scorso anno, fungerà da coordinatrice in questi mesi.

“A gennaio alcuni di noi studenti hanno partecipato alla Bhumi Puja organizzata per benedire le nuove costruzioni di Sarnath e Bodhgaya che ospiteranno i numerosi studenti della scuola secondaria e superiore. Attualmente la nostra scuola è riconosciuta fino alla decima classe ed in futuro fino alla dodicesima, per cui è indispensabile avere aule di determinate dimensioni ed i laboratori di fisica e chimica.”

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Nuova ala –  scuola Sarnath           Bhumi pujaNuova ala       –       scuola  Bodhgaya

L’Associazione Shining Hope, che sta aiutando il Progetto Alice dallo scorso anno,non solo ha contribuito al completamento dell’ ultimo grande edificio della scuola di Sarnath ma ha anche permesso un suo ampliamento e la costruzione di nuove aule  nella scuola di Bodhgaya.

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Grazie al loro supporto economico, due delle vecchie aule della scuola di Sarnathsono state ristrutturate ed ora sono diventate quattro camere che potranno accogliere eventuali ospiti. Altre sono in fase di ristrutturazione e saranno parte del Progetto Guest House. Progetto che, insieme alla Pizzeria, speriamo possa alleggerire il carico delle spese sostenute dalle tre scuole.

image012Graziella Zanoletti, dell’Associazione svizzera Friends of Humanity, che sostiene da anni il Progetto Alice, ha contribuito personalmente all’arredo di alcune stanze ed in particolare della library.Graziella era venuta alla scuola ad agosto insieme Oystein Rakkenes, regista norvegese che nel 2004 ha ricevuto diversi premi con il film sull’attività di Kiran Bedi ( In Gandhi’s footsteps : Kiran Bedi) e che sta girando un documentario sul Progetto Alice.

 

Graziella Zanoletti insieme ad Oystein Rakkenes

Alla fine del febbraio 2016 Yogendra, ex studente che attualmente lavora per il Progetto, ed Ilaria hanno affrontato un viaggio di tre giorni per raggiungere l’Arunachal Pradesh allo scopo di visitare la scuola e di incontrare le famiglie dei ragazzi Chakma che da anni vivono negli ostelli di Sarnath e Bodhgaya. Così raccontano la loro esperienza: “La nostra prima destinazione è stata Deban, un piccolo villaggio di montagna circondato dalla foresta e totalmente incontaminato da qualsiasi forma di inquinamento e tecnologia. Gli abitanti di Deban vivono in palafitte costruite con il bamboo e sopravvivono grazie ad un’economia rurale di sussistenza. Nel villaggio c’è la scuola del Progetto Alice: un piccolo edificio in stile tradizionale costruito con il contributo di tutto villaggio. Abbiamo potuto osservare come il metodo del P.A. venga applicato anche qui con buoni risultati e parlare con i genitori e con il capo villaggio sulle questioni inerenti al Progetto e su ciò che è necessario per migliorare. Dopo aver passato alcuni giorni alla scuola siamo partiti per visitare le famiglie residenti nei villaggi circostanti. Ci spostavamo con l’aiuto di due ex studenti chakma che guidavano le moto su strade pressochè inesistenti.

image-2Yogendra e Ilaria incontrano il rappresentante di un villaggio e una famiglia

 Quando raggiungevamo la casa di uno studente ci sedevamo nella veranda e, con il supporto di qualche foto ed un video, iniziavamo a spiegare la visione della scuola, l’organizzazione, la vita che fanno i residenti e, ovviamente, davamo notizie dei ragazzi. Molte famiglie non vedono i loro figli da almeno un paio di anni e, non essendoci una buona connessione telefonica, possono sentirli molto raramente. L’accoglienza è stata molto calorosa e abbiamo scoperto un popolo gentile, timido, ospitale e con un alto senso della dignità. Questo viaggio ci ha permesso di capire meglio gli studenti che vivono nelle nostre scuole e la loro condizione. Seppur vivano in un ambiente incontaminato e spettacolare dal punto di vista naturale e paesaggistico, questa comunità soffre di problematiche molto profonde che, a nostro avviso, ne condizionano anche le scelte e lo sviluppo. I Chakma hanno sovrapposto il trauma dell’emigrazione a quello del non pieno riconoscimento nel Paese in cui risiedono. Per questo motivo, secondo noi, il senso di precarietà supera quello di appartenenza e, negli anni, ha portato al disboscamento di estese aree e alla fuga dei ragazzi dai villaggi alle grandi città in cerca di riscatto. La nostra impressione è che il lavoro del Progetto Alice in una zona come questa sia veramente importante e che il ruolo delicato dell’educazione debba tenere sempre presente queste condizioni così peculiari della popolazione locale che necessita un supporto ed una guida per uno sviluppo consapevole, in armonia con la propria identità e la propria cultura.image018

In seguito a questa piccola spedizione, una delegazione composta dai due responsabili della scuola e dal Mukhiya locale (capo-villaggio) è venuta a Sarnath per discutere della situazione attuale, della soluzione di alcuni problemi e di eventuali prospettive future.

Mukhiya ji

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A marzo è tornata a lavorare con noi la psicoterapeuta francese Madame Samia Coupat. Ha proposto un corso sulle tappe evolutive del bambino, dalla nascita all’adolescenza, a cui tutti gli insegnanti hanno aderito dimostrando molto interesse. Ha inoltre seguito alcuni residenti che presentavano qualche difficoltà.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Samia, Ilaria e Luigina

L’anno scolastico è terminato a marzo ed il nuovo è iniziato ad aprile. A fine maggio siamo andati in vacanza. Durante l’estate è arrivato il monsone che quest’anno è stato particolarmente abbondante. Le forti piogge hanno fatto esondare il fiume Gange che ha allagato gran parte della città di Varanasi. image022L’acqua ed il fango hanno invaso anche il Bal Ashram che si trova sulle rive del Gange. I bambini dell’ostello ed alcuni insegnanti sono stati ospitati presso la scuola di Sarnath per due settimane.

 

La scuola di questo Ashram segue da anni i contenuti e la metodologia del Percorso del Progetto Alice.

 

Alcuni bambini ospiti del Bal Ashram con un insegnante

La maggior parte di noi studenti è di tradizione Hindu, i Chakma e i Mompa sono Buddhisti ed una minoranza è Mussulmana, Cristiana e Jainista, ma essendo il Progetto Alice un progetto interreligioso, in settembre è stato invitato il Maulana Mohammad Riyajuddin a parlarci dell’Islam. Abbiamo capito che ogni religione prega lo stesso Dio anche se viene chiamato con nomi diversi e che tutte le tradizioni hanno una base di insegnamento comune.image3Ci hanno fatto visita anche due Pandit dell’Associazione del Gayatri Mantra. Si sono soffermati soprattutto sui benefici che derivano dalla recita di questo antico mantra in un’epoca in cui prevalgono il materialismo e il consumismo che non portano felicità nel cuore delle persone. Inoltre hanno spiegato quanto sia importante recuperare le nostre tradizioni e le nostre radici.

In ottobre è arrivato un gruppo di francesi che insieme ad alcuni italiani hanno partecipato ad un corso di formazione tenuto da Valentino, durato dieci giorni.

Quasi tutti avevano seguito lo scorso anno un corso-base in Italia ed in Francia con Luigina.Questo training è stato molto apprezzato da tutto il gruppo che al termine del corso si è così espresso:

Questo training ci ha aiutato ad approfondire la filosofia e la metodologia del Progetto Alice. Abbiamo condiviso con gli insegnanti e gli studenti le nostre e le loro tradizioni. Ci ha sorpreso la buona relazione tra gli insegnanti e gli studenti e la loro forte capacità di attenzione e concentrazione durante le lezioni. Inoltre, abbiamo riscontrato una buona collaborazione e aiuto reciproco tra i residenti che ci hanno fatto sentire a nostro agio durante la permanenza presso la scuola. Il training ha aperto la nostra mente e ci ha aiutati a conoscerci meglio. Quando torneremo nel nostro Paese potremo aiutare i bambini e gli adolescenti in difficoltà”.image4

Il gruppo che ha seguito il training con Valentino ed alcuni studenti

Durante i giorni del training un gruppo di studenti ha partecipato con entusiasmo ed interesse a dei laboratori (teatro, pittura e bijotteria) proposti e condotti da alcuni corsisti.

image032A metà giugno è tornato Sanje dal Karnataka (sud India) dove ha seguito un corso di tre anni per diventare esperto in Yoga Therapy. In attesa di trovare un lavoro attualmente aiuta sia in ufficio che nella scuola di Sarnath.

Anche quest’anno alcuni gruppi sono venuti a visitare la scuola:

Mauro De March con un gruppo internazionale.

Denis con il gruppo Dharma Nature.

Lucio con alcuni italiani dell’Associazione Freedom for Children che ha successivamente offerto l’arredo di un’aula.image5

Lucio con il gruppo Freedom for children, Mauro de March e Denis con il gruppo Dharma Nature.

Ringraziamo tutti loro per l’interesse dimostrato nei confronti del nostro Progetto e per le generose donazioni effettuate.

Un grazie particolare anche alla Fondazione Zanetti di Treviso che ha offerto un contributo per mettere in sicurezza il tetto di una parte degli edifici danneggiati dall’incendio scoppiato due anni fa.

Hanno trascorso un periodo con noi Riccardo di Padova, che ha insegnato inglese e lavorato in ufficio e Cristina di Genova che ha svolto una ricerca finalizzata alla sua tesi sul Prgetto Alice. Francesca e Simone di Tortona hanno aiutato nel corso del training ed in particolare Simone ha effettuato le riprese delle lezioni di Valentino che potranno essere utilizzate per preservare e approfondire i contenuti del nostro Percorso.

In Italia:

come lo scorso anno, nel mese di agosto, è stato organizzato un campo estivo,presso la cascina dei Ricostruttori nella Preghiera di Padre Tiziano, che ha coinvolto una ventina di bambini ed i loro genitori. Questa esperienza, preparata e condotta da alcune “Ricostruttrici”, è stata apprezzata per i contenuti proposti attraverso varie attività, momenti di riflessione, laboratori…I temi svolti sono parte del percorso del Progetto Alice.

A settembre, a Vaiano in provincia di Prato, all’interno dell’evento “Tutta un’altra scuola”, è stato presentato per la seconda volta il Progetto Alice.Gloria Germani, autrice del libro “A scuola di felicità e decrescita: Alice Project” ha introdotto il Progetto; Agata Montevecchi, responsabile della Onlus del Friuli ha proposto una meditazione seguita dagli studenti del P.A.; Alice Lugnan, rimasta per sei mesi presso le scuole di Sarnath e Bodhgaya per la redazione della sua tesi, ha parlato della sua esperienza in quel periodo; Silvia Diolaiuti, psicologa tirocinante per sei mesi presso il Progettoe Patrizia Di Edoardo, insegnate elementare, che durante l’estate ha trascorso un periodo a Bodhgaya, hanno presentato il Percorso ed i risultati della sperimentazione relativa alla matematica integrata.

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Anche quest’anno sono stati organizzati alcuni corsi di formazioni sul percorso del Progetto Alice, a volte preceduti da una conferenza. Buona la partecipazione di insegnanti, educatori, genitori e persone interessate ad iniziare o approfondire un percorso interiore. In particolare un corso di formazione è stato organizzato da alcuni discepoli di Thich Nhat Hanhpresso un loro centro e successivamente anche un laboratorio presso l’Università di Verona.

L’interesse nei confronti del Percorso del Progetto Alice e la numerosa partecipazione ci incoraggiano a continuare con queste proposte formative.

Vorrei ringraziare tutti i nuovi amici e sponsor e coloro che da anni supportano questo Progetto attraverso donazioni individuali o con diverse iniziative organizzando: corsi di formazione, conferenze, mercatini, asta fotografica, giornate dedicate allo yoga, vendite di dolci, partecipando alla lotteria…

Tutte le donazioni raccolte dalla Onlus di Treviso, di cui sono responsabile, contribuiscono a coprire una parte delle spese che il Progetto deve annualmente sostenere.

Ringraziamo di cuore tutti voi che ci aiutate a proseguire in questa esperienza educativa e vi auguriamo un buon Natale.

Luigina

Sarnath, 21 Novembre 2016

Associazione di Volontariato “Progetto Alice Onlus” Banca Popolare Etica- Filiale di Treviso,
Codice IBAN: IT43 I 050 1812000 000000116204
Codice SWIFT: CRTIT2T84A (Solo dall’estero)
Codice Fiscale della Onlus, se volete destinare il 5X1000 dell’ Irpef  al Progetto Alice: C.F. 94059510266
Ref: Luigina De Biasi – e-mail: luiginadebiasi@libero.it , tel.0438 893325

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

Banca Popolare di Vicenza – Fil Cividale del Friuli (UD)

Codice IBAN :   IT41 N 05728 63740 731570528546

Codice BIC / SWIFT: BPVIIT22731   (Solo dall’estero)

Codice Fiscale della Onlus,se volete destinare il 5X1000 dell’ Irpef al Progetto Alice: C.F. 94103860303

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

Le coordinate bancarie in India

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

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

 Contatti:

Emailv_giacomin@hotmail.com ; valentino1@rediffmail.com, sudalice@gmail.com

 Mob. 0091/ – 9670806060- 8858771850 Web:  www.aliceproject.org , www.aliceproject.it

 

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Dear friends,

This Christmas letter was written by many “hands”: students of Alice Project together with Ilaria and Luigina, who want to tell you what has happened this year. It wasn’t easy to remember everything, events, people who visited us, new experiences….. So please excuse us if something is missing!

Valentino, after years and years of uninterrupted presence in the schools in India, decided to have a few months break and devote some time to inner self- research.

Ilaria, who comes from Piedmont and spent some time in our schools last year as a volunteer, will be the coordinator during these months.

“In January some of our students participated in Bhumi Puja, organized to bless the new buildings in Sarnath and Bodhgaya, where a lot of secondary and upper secondary school students will be hosted. At present our school is recognized up to class X and in the future up to XII so it must have classrooms of a special size and chemistry and physics laboratories.

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New wing –  Sarnath school             Bhumi puja                         New wing –  Bodhgaya school

The society ‘Shining Hope’, who has been helping Alice Project since last year, not only contributed to the completion of the last big building of SarnathSchool but also to its enlargement and, in Bodhgaya, to the building of new classrooms.

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 New building in Sarnath school

Thanksto their sponsorship, two of the old classrooms in SarnathSchool were restored and now have become four bedrooms to host future visitors. Other rooms are being restored as part of the Guest House Project, which we hope, together with the Pizzeria, will contribute towards the expenses of the three schools.

image012GraziellaZanoletti, from the Swiss Association ‘Friends of Humanity’, who supports Alice Project, has contributed personally to the furniture of some rooms and in particular of the library. Graziella came to the school in August together with Norwegian film director OysteinRakkenes, who,  in 2004,  received many awards for his film about KiranBedi’s activities.  (In Gandhi’s footsteps:KiranBedi) and is now making a documentary film about Alice Project.

 

GraziellaZanoletti with OysteinRakkenes

At the end of February Yogendra, a former student now working for the Project, and Ilaria went on a three day long journey to reach Arunachal Pradesh in order to visit the school and meet the families of the Chakmas who have lived in Sarnath and Bodhgaya hostels for years. Here is what they say about this experience: “Our first stop was in Deban, a small mountain village in the forest, totally unpolluted and free from any form of technology. The people in Deban live in bamboo pile dwellings and survive thanks to a subsistence rural economy. In the village there is one Alice Project School: a small traditional building made with the contribution of all the people in the village. We could see that also here the Alice Project education system is used with good results and we could talk to Chakmas’ parents and the village head about the Project and what is necessary to improve. After spending a few days at the school, we left and visited the families living in the nearby villages. We could reach these families thanks to two former Chakma students driving their motorbikes on roads almost non-existent.

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Yogendra and  Ilaria meeting a representative  of a village and a family

When we arrived at one of the students’ house, we used to sit outside and, showing pictures and a video, we talked about the views of our school, how it works, how the residents live there and, of course, we informed them about their children. A lot of families have not seen their children for two or more years and, since telephone doesn’t work well there, they can rarely talk to them. They welcomed us very warmly and we could see that they are very kind, shy and friendly people with a high sense of self-respect and dignity. This journey made us better understand the students who live in our schools and their condition. We understood that, although they live in an unpolluted and amazingly beautiful place, they suffer from problems so hard to solve that all choices and development are deeply affected. Chakmas suffer from both emigration trauma and from not being fully recognized in the Country where they live. In our opinion, this feeling of precariousness, rather than the feeling of belonging, has taken, over the years, so deep roots that it has led to deforestation of wide areas and escape of young people looking for revival, from villages to big cities. We find that Alice Project works in this area is really important and our education program here must take account of the specific conditions of these people. In our opinion they need to be supported and guided, in order to achieve awareness that development must respect their identity and culture”.

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After our visit there, a group of two people in charge of the school  and the local Mukhiya (village head) came to Sarnath to talk about the present situation, how to solve some problems and possible future prospects.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
 Mukhiya

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In March the French psychotherapist Madam Samia Coupat came and worked with us again. She gave a course on the age of development of children, from birth to youth. All the teachers took part and showed great interest. She also helped some local people to overcome problems and difficulties.


Samia, Ilaria and Luigina

“The school year finished in March and the new session started in April. At the end of May we went on holidays. During the summer the monsoon arrived image022and this year it was particularly abundant. The heavy rain made the river Ganges overflow and many parts of the city of Varanasi were flooded. Water
and mud invaded alsoBal Ashram located on the banks of river Ganges. The children and some teachers living there were hosted in SarnathSchool for two weeks”.

The school in that Ashram isfollowing the Alice Project contents and methodology from years.

 

Children from Bal Ashram with a teacher

“Most of our students are Hindu. Chakmas and Mompas are Buddhist, few are Muslim, Christian or Jain, and so, since Alice Project is an inter-religious project, in September we invited MaulanaMohammad Riyajuddin to talk about Islam. We understood that in every religion people pray the same God even if God has different names and that all religious traditions have a common teaching base.

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We also received the visit of two Pandits from Gayatri Mantra Society. They mainly emphasized the benefits we can get from reciting this ancient mantra in our present time, a time of materialism and consumerism, which do not bring happiness to peoples’ hearts. They also stressed how important it is for us to rediscover and recover our roots and traditions.

In October a group of French people arrived in Sarnath and, together with some Italians, took part in a ten-day training course given by Valentino”.

Most of them had followed a first level course in Italy and France last year with Luigina. The training course in Sarnath was greatly appreciated by everybody in the group. This is what they said at the end of it:

“This course helped us to know more about the philosophy and methodology of Alice Project. We shared our traditions, teachers and students. We were surprised to see how good is the relationship between the teachers and the students who hada great ability to pay attention and concentration during the lessons.  Besides, we saw how well residents collaborate and help each other. They really made us feel very comfortable during our stay here at the school. The course has opened up our minds and led us to a better knowledge of ourselves. Back to our countries we will be more able to help children and young people who are in difficulty.

image4The group at the trainingcourse with Valentino and some students

During the training course a group of students took part, with interest and enthusiasm, in some laboratories (theatre, painting and costume jewellery) proposed and given by some trainees.

image032In the month of June Sanje came back from Karnataka (south India) where he followed a 3 year course to become an expert at Yoga Therapy. While he is waiting for a job, he is helping both with office work and at the Sarnath School.

Also this year some groups of people came and visited our school:

Mauro De March with an international group.

Denis with the ‘Dharma NatureGroup’

Lucio with some Italians from association‘Freedom for Children’, who then paid for the furniture of a classroom

image5Lucio with the group ‘Freedom for children’;  Mauro de March;  Denis with the‘Dharma NatureGroup’

We thank everybody for their interest they showed in our Project and for their generous donations.

A special thank to FondazioneZanetti of Treviso who donated money to make roofs safer in some of the buildings damaged by fire two years ago.

Other people spent some time with us: Riccardo from Padua, who gave  English lessons and did office work; Cristina from Genoa who did research for her degree thesis on Alice Project; Francesca and Simone from Tortona helped during the training course, in particular Simone filmed all Valentino’s lessons so that they can be used and investigated in the future.

In Italy:

As last year, in August, they set up a holiday camp at farmhouse “RicostruttorinellaPreghiera” of Father Tiziano, with about twenty children and their parents. The camp was organized by some “Ricostruttrici” and was greatly appreciated for the contents of the many activities, for the moments of reflexion, the laboratories… A major part of the contents used for these activities were all taken from the Alice Project Program.

In September, at Vaiano near Prato, during the event “Tuttaun’altrascuola”, they presentedthe Alice Project for the second time. Gloria Germani, who wrote the book “A scuola di felicità e decrescita: Alice Project” introduced the Project; AgataMontevecchi, responsible of Onlus in Friuli, proposed a meditation practised by the students of  A.P.; Alice Lugnan, who spent six months in the  schools of Sarnath and Bodhgaya to write down her degree thesis, talked about her experience there; Silvia Diolaiuti, trainee psychologist for six months with us and Patrizia Di Edoardo, elementary teacher, who spent some time in summer in Bodhgaya, illustrated the Alice Project Program and showed the results of the integrated mathematics teaching method.

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   Gloria                      Agata                           Alice                          Silvia                        Patrizia

Also this year there have been some training courses on Alice Project Program, sometimes subsequent to a conference. Many were the teachers, educators, parents and people interested in starting or going on working for self-consciousness. We mention one in particular which was  organized by some ThichNhatHanh followers in one of their centres and also a workshop at Verona University proposed by Dr Antonia De Vita.

The wide participation and interest in our Project encourage us to go on proposing our Education Program.

I would like to thank all the new and the old friends and sponsors and all those who support the Project by giving money individually or through activities like training courses, conferences, local markets, auction sales of photographs,  yoga meetings, sales of cakes, lotteries…

All donations collected by Treviso Onlus, including those raised from training courses, are used to contribute to the general expenses of the Project.

We warmly thank you all for your precious help in going on with our educational work and wish you a Happy Christmas.

Luiginaand Valentino

 

Sarnath, 21stNovember 2016

Associazione di Volontariato “Progetto Alice Onlus” BancaPopolareEtica- Filiale di Treviso,
Codice IBAN: IT43 I 050 1812000 000000116204
Codice SWIFT: CRTIT2T84A (Solo dall’estero)
CodiceFiscaledellaOnlus, se voletedestinareil 5X1000 dell’ Irpef  al Progetto Alice: C.F. 94059510266
Ref: Luigina De Biasi – e-mail: luiginadebiasi@libero.it , tel.0438 893325

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

BancaPopolare di Vicenza – FilCividale del Friuli (UD)

CodiceIBAN :   IT41 N 05728 63740 731570528546

Codice BIC / SWIFT: BPVIIT22731   (Solo dall’estero)

CodiceFiscaledellaOnlus,sevoletedestinareil 5X1000 dell’ Irpef al Progetto Alice: C.F. 94103860303

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

Le coordinatebancarie in India

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

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

Contatti:

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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Christmas Letter 2015

Dear Friends,

Alice is now an adult, according to the past parameter of the age of majority. 21 years old! 21 candles to mark a long and sometimes difficult path. From the 75 initial students to the 1100 present one. From the tiny three-classroom school building in Sarnath to the present three-school structure. The schools are located in three different states of India: Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Arunachal Pradesh from five teachers at the beginning to fifty-three now. Our concern is still the same:  Can we guarantee a good future to such a big structure? Will we be able to offer a good quality education with trained teachers according to Alice’s philosophy and methodology? We will come back later to this question.  For the moment, let’s say that the year we are going to leave behind has been full of events, some positive and some traumatic…

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Students rummaging in the rubbles looking for… a miracle. On the right: meeting with the Ambassador of Italy in Delhi.

Let’s remember the night of the 8th of December 2014, when a fire destroyed bothLuigina’s and my room and the office too. We suffered serious material and moral damage. Practically 20 years of Alice’s story went up in flames. Fortunately, some months before, we had secured some important documents related to Alice property and research (stories, tales, unpublished books). Miraculously, all the students living in the hostel survived out, thanks to Luigina’s prompt intervention,who woke up at 1 a.m., when the flames were going to reach her room, she managed to raise the alarm. In that tragic situation the students demonstrated excellent courage and ability to coordinate, working together with the fire fighters to contain  fire and save the school. After three hours, a gas cylinder exploded, but everyone was already safe. Once the fire was completely extinguished, the students expressed their sympathy to Luigina, with affection and discretion. Also our neighbours were very supportive, first they intervened immediately to help extinguish the fire and then they put up resident children till the next morning. We were very moved by the visit of our Ambassador and his wife. They came to the school to express their sympathy, talking with the children and us. When they went away, they were moved by the sensitivity of the girls and the boys living in the hostel. Many people over the next days supported us with words as well as with endowments. We thank everybody for this wonderful proof of friendship. The reconstruction of the destroyed building has not started yet, however the project is ready and will be carried out as soon as possible, thanks to the generous endowments from “Friends of Humanity”, which should cover all the expenses, including furniture, the repositioning of two septic tanks, the reconstruction of the adjacent resident kitchen damaged by the gas cylinder explosion. Since we are talking about Alice’s diplomatic friends, we would like to thank deeply Mumbai Consul General, Dr.UgoCiarlatani, for his assistance and precious contribution for the issue of Tourist Visa to a group of Tibetan friends, who went to Italy to promote our projects. We thank also Kolkata Consul General, Dr.CesareBellier, to have been a friend of Alice’s for several years. We would like to greet the new ambassador, S.E. Lorenzo Angeloni, with the hope to welcome him heresoon …

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From the left: Dr. Ugo Ciarlatani, Dr. Cesare Bellier, S.E. Lorenzo Angeloni

Speaking of projects, an association from Luxemburg, Shining Hope, has proposed to help Alice for three years, financing some urgent works to ensure the security of some crumbling buildings in Bodhgaya and the construction of a modern school for the children of the nearby villages. A school where students can have the facilities that can be normally find in schools for rich people, reducing the gap between privileged and poor people.

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Students of the school in Bodhgaya and sponsors from Shining Hope.

The new school will be built in accordance with the rules of the State of Bihar as we did in Sarnath.

Sarnath School has been recognized by the state of Uttar Pradesh, while Bodhgaya school will be recognized in a few months. It is a major step forward for us in Alice. It has been thanks to a huge economic effort and to a great commitment from the supervisors that we have achieved all these results. And for this reason, we want to thank once again all our friends who have supported us up to now. Another important project has been completed in recent months: a solar panel plant in SarnathSchool, financed two third by the province of Trento, through the association Asoka from Molina di Ledro (Trento) and one third by the no profit organization of Treviso.

Asoka no profit organization cooperated with us for some years, through several events to sensitise local people and raise funds. The solar panel plant will enable us to reduce the cost of electricity that affects significantly our budget. We hope we can find a solution for Bodhgaya too. Our sincere thanks to Asoka group. A special thanks also to the friends who are supporting in particular to our Chakma Project. For fifteen years we have hosted Chakma girls and boys from Arunachal Pradesh, that belong to an ethnic group coming from Bangladesh, who live in needy circumstances, because they are not recognized as Indian citizens. There are several students who got their high school diploma in our schools and now are studying at university, or some have already found a job as a teacher, in the army, as an employee in call centres, or as trustworthy people in various companies around India. What are the most important things that they have received the education in our school. Here is what SubhaMangalChakma wrote us in a recent mail: “The most important contribution you have made in me is “critical thinking and creativity” which is fundamentally essential. Which I feel differ from the other Chakma students today.”

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From left: Graziella Zanoletti; friends from Taiwan who are crossing bridges between sponsors and the school; Rosario Rizzi.

 

Five years ago, we set up a primary school in a remote village deep in the mountains in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, thanks to the association “Friends of Humanity”, whose person in charge, the dynamic GraziellaZanoletti, not only ensures the continuity of the school, but is also present when the Alice Project School goes through difficult times, giving economic contribution (Friends of Humanity) and also precious suggestions full of enthusiasm and wisdom. We offer her to be part of an international group of supervisors of Alice Project, to ensure one future to the schools, regardless the founders.

We will never get tired to thank a group of friends from Taiwan. For many years, with discretion, they have supported generously and constantly to our Chakma Project. They are very extraordinary people for their simplicity, sensitivity and courage to support us howsoever. They are also financing the construction of Maitreya statue.

Another group who deserves to be mentioned is the Azienda Flora of Rosario Pizzi. All the company employees tax themselves monthly to help our Chakma Project. (The initiative is similar to the one that has been realized for twenty years by the Cooperative CDM in Florence). A touching example of solidarity! In the end, one special thought goes to Luciana Usellini, and important point of Reference for Alice. With regard to school activities, our research and experimentation go on especially in the field of didactics of English language, Mathematics and History. Since it is not easy to find teachers with a good basic preparation, our school tried to bypass teachers’ difficulties by means of technology. Thanks to some sponsors, we equipped our schools with projectors and computers that we use to show the students short documentaries relating to the various subjects. In particular, two volumes have been published about learning of the English language accompanied by selected video material, after a three-year research. The books were financed mainly by the non profit organization Anjali of Treviso and Shining Hope. There are three more small volumes about simultaneous learning of English, Hindi and Italian.

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We are caring out an interesting research on the use of visualization in math teachings in the first grades of primary school, linked to attention and concentration (see picture above). The results achieved up now are amazing and they have been published for the first time, by Antenna 3, a local TV channel in Italy in the region of Triveneto, during a special one-hour program on “Alice’s Family”. Link:https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=v9B2lxgle04

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To the right – Second line: Natalie Re, with all the staff of Alice’s teachers, who work on the research. Photo on the right: the guests of Antenna 3 during the transmission dedicated to Alice.

Some Important news: the first teachers’ trainer from our school.

For the first time, after 20 years’ activity, Mohan, a former student of Alice, now a teacher in Bodhgaya and Sarnath, has led, with a great success, a training course for new teachers in Sarnath and Bodhgaya.

He shared his knowledge about Alice’s didactics relating to the teaching of History (“circular reading” and not linear), visualized Maths (using simple tools like coloured stones and lights), English (by singing and Special Program – Philosophy of the Wise Rabbit).

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Mohan in the History room of Bodhgaya School

Another confirmation of the validity of Alice’s methodology comes from Nathalie Re, a French scholar of Neurosciences, who visited our schools for a few-week research. She writes: “Neurosciences confirm that the educational intuition of Alice is correct”.

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Students of class XI and XII in Sarnath

The didactic vision of Alice Project not only is confirmed by scientific researches but also by our students’ academic results: this year they obtained brilliant results in the state exam, 100% passed, 90% got first division qualification (excellent). Positive signals for Alice’s philosophy and methodology come from different places, not only in India but also in other countries. This interest raises some questions to the people in charge of Alice: Should we accept the risk of enlarging our project? Here the two different souls of Alice turn up: one who slows down and suggests caution, the other who on the contrary is willing to accept the risk. It’s understandable that there are different visions, but the aim is to ensure a future to the schools, where everyone works in the respect of students, teachers and people who help us and trust us. We can guarantee that all the endowments to the school are used according to the intention of the sponsors. We would like to inform that none of the people directly in charge of the schools get any compensation for the work done in those 20 years. All the incomes from trainings, conferences, books sail etc. are devolved to the three schools, so that they can go on.

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Judith Soussans, in charge of the NGO, in the studios of the French TV. On the right: Father Tamussi with the children of primary school in Sarnath.

We were talking about expansion. After a 15 minutes transmission on the French national television about Alice Project, a large number of people showed a big interest in our research and asked for more information. So, a new Alice NGO was born in Paris, with the aim of spreading our pedagogy, through training courses, publication of books and conferences, and in future the foundation of a private school based on Alice’s vision.  In May and June Luigina held a training course in Paris and in September – October in Rome.

In a previous Christmas Letter we spoke about Father TizianoTamussi, from the “Re- constructors in Prayer”. In his community in Liguria, some training courses on Alice Project and some “re-constructors” particularly interested in this educational proposition, they put effort in going deeper through this experience. This year they have been invited to present Alice Project to a school in Genoa and after to work with a group of teachers. In the end of August they organized a summer camp for about 25 kids, following the inner path of Alice Project. The results obtained were positive.

There are many requests from university students to realize their thesis on Alice.

These days, a student in Educational Science from Bologna University is completing documentation on the holistic vision of Alice Project and the didactics of mathematics in relation to visualization and attention. At present a psychologist from Urbino University is doing her training in the school of Bodhgaya to obtain the enrolment in the Italian register of psychologists in Italy. She is writing a didactic guide for western teachers who want to know and practice our methodology.

What does it Alice mean in those difficult times? Here is what Giorgia, a former volunteer wrote to us, after the tragedy in France: “Only now, I canunderstand how Alice Project is precious and how it has changed me. In front of the French tragedy, I couldn’t help thinking of you and what you teach in your schools: forgiveness, thoughts control, awareness, to obtain mind and world peace”.

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On the left: Mauro Scardovelli; in the middle Sushuma, “mother of the residents”; on the right Madam SamiaCoupat, French psychotherapist.

A qualified and unexpected comment comes from the famous psychologist Mauro Scardovelli who wrote a review for the book by Gloria Germani on Alice Project, on Youtube(https://www.yotutube.com/watch?v=RUN52pxh1x0). He has textually said: “Alice Project is the school of future, the education that deserves to be saved”. In the meantime the writer Gloria Germani keeps on promoting Alice in several conferences. One of the most important was organized in September in Vaiano, Prato, from TerranovaMagazine, on “the School that is changing”, to which over a thousand people took part. Recently, two Chakma teachers from Bodhgaya school went to South India, in the state of Karnataka, to attend a course of yoga. Also Sanjay, a boy who has been adopted by the school, is in the south, in Bangalore, to complete a three-year course on Yoga Therapy.

Inthe school of Bodhgaya there are at present 21 Chakma boys, and in Sarnath the residents are 31: girls, boys and children. Last April, Sushuma arrived at the girl hostel. She is a 35 years old lady, mother of four children with a difficult family situation. With her, there is Deepu, the younger son who is studying in our school. In March-April the French psychotherapist MadamSamiaCoupat, who has worked for many years in her country and in Africa, proposed some labs to the students of middle and high school. Furthermore, the presence of Madam Samia has been very useful for managing some difficult cases in our hostel. We thank Assessor Verso (Psych synthesis of Florence) to propose and support this experience.

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Swami Varishtanand, Lama Monlam. Photo below: Maulana Mohammad Riyajuddin and father Aloisio

During this year the representatives of four different religious traditions came to talk with our students and teachers: Lama Monlam (who lives in Nepal and for many years has followed Alice Project), Father Aloisio (Franciscan fromVinayalayaAsharam in Sarnath), Maulana Mohammad Riyajuddin and Swami Varishtanand (pediatrician and psychologist).

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The meeting with those wise people has made us reflect on the universal values which are at the root of all religious traditions.

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H.H. Karmapa (Onthe photo during one visit in Sarnath school), who has visited our schools four times, is an important religious leader and his Trust has decided to help our project in the belief that Alice will be – as said the psychologist Scardovelli – the school of future. Two former students, Ajay (picture above) and AbheyChakma, teach the monks of theirmonastery. Ajay is also in charge of the association Chakma Rural Development, to which are part many former students of Alice’s. Recently the volunteers of the group built the street for the people of villages in Arunachal Pradesh (see picture on the right).

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Sudhakar’s  daughter and Bipin’s twins

And now some family life news from our former students, now teachers in Alice schools. Sudhakar, English teacher and in charge of the office, two months ago had a beautiful child, called SudhaGound. “She sleeps peacefully and she doesn’t cry” says the mum Sadhna, smiling, while she shows her in front of a poster in Bodhgaya School. “My two twins, one boy and one girl – says BipinSukla, in charge of the school in Bodhgaya –sleep all theday and cry all thenight!”Bipin has a 7 years old daughter also, who was longing for a brother. In May, Yogendra Pal (picture below), another former student in charge of the administration, got married to Minu, a university student from a good family, as they like to stress here. It was a big party for the formerschool mates and hostel residents. For him we invert the traditional wish which was used to be said to young married couple in my place: “Wishes and..daughters!”. Infact, now-a-days, thanks to the new policies of the governments, girls enjoy more privilege than boys and they have bigger opportunities to find a state job. The wheel turns, isn’t it?

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We hug two very dear friends, Lorenzo Bonaventura and Camilla Previato (picture above, surrounded by orphan children of their Ashram), who left India after 7 years of social work in Bal Ashram of Varanasi, where they also founded a school inspired to the Alice’s philosophical and didactic techniques. Camilla and Lorenzo are an important reference point for me since we have shared many things. The “Little Treviso” that used to meet from time to time in a famous pizzeria on the Ganga in Varanasi, recharged me and gave me the strength to face the daily challenges with enthusiasm. By the way the two friends will carry on working in the field of education and engaged themselves to be testimonials for our project, together with Luigina, in Italy and abroad.

We would like to remember three people who passed away in 2015: the Former Minister of Education RajbaliTiwari, Roberta Scandellari and Marina Sequi. RajbaliTiwari, in the past, came regularly to the school in Sarnath to teach the students moral values through stories. A man of big intelligence and even bigger heart. Roberta Scandellari for years visited and supported our project, putting us in contact with precious people for Alice.

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Raj Bali Tiwari, Roberta Scandellari and Marina Sequi.

Martina was very affectionate to the students of Bodhgaya school and she didn’t forget them in her will, leaving them a generous offer. We remember the three of them with infinite gratitude. However their lack, doesn’t leave a hole in the family of Alice, because they live in our memories and in all the people who benefited from them. One for all: the child of the photos below.

You can see, in the picture, a child with sad eyes, who shows deeps scars. He is the nephew of Bodhgaya cook. His story is dramatic. Months ago, his mother had once more an argument with the alcoholic husband. In an act of desperation she poured some Kerosene oil and set herself on fire in front of her children. The youngest tried to put out the fire hugging the mother and he got seriously burned.

After around 15 days of medical treatments in a local hospital, he was dismissed. The dust, the lack of hygiene of his very poor house, caused an infection which put in danger his life. We arrived just in time. None of the local hospitals wanted to accept the child in (for the fear he would die). We carried him urgently in the best hospital of Varanasi and we saved his life. Now he studies in Bodhgaya, where the teachers try to help him to elaborate his terrible trauma (see third picture) and the smile has come back to his face (even if sometimes he silently cries, whispering “I want my mum!”). So, we dedicate that smile to all our sponsors. In that smile all our dead friends keep on living.

I would like to conclude this on-line letter dedicating to all our friends the abstract of a nursery rhyme which I wrote some years ago. It is Alice’s answer and solution to hate and wars. A message of hope for this Christmas 2015: we can change hate in love, through an inner change: the birth, indeed, of the Divine Child in our heart. Says the Old Wise Rabbit to Alice’s student:

Remember: all, therefore, depends on your judging;

From there emotions of joy and sorrow have beginning.

It’s you that paint thoughts of every colour,

Triggering emotions of joy, anger and rancour.

 

That I want to say, when I talk of I-Creator.

Our mind works like a projector:

It throws out there, unconsciously, its own inventions

Taking them for true and not for pure illusions.

 

“I’m curious: what is out there, beyond the understanding?”

“There’s who believes that all exists and who says: nothing!”

Better remain with the certainty of phenomena of percipience

The true cause, I repeat, of all the problems of existence

 

Think that it doesn’t appear to us like it is, the realness.

Because it’s mediated by the senses and the consciousness

The world created by filters is what I palpate

That is my reality that every day I reciprocate.

 

This is the moral: if you don’t feel good and you want to change,

React, without projections, to hate with the love and absolution.

To hit the source of pain is the only solution

The proud, the revenge and wrath of our I-Creator.

(Translated by Vittorio Lugnan)

I thank you, all my dear friends, from the deep of my heart for your support and Merry Christmas from the whole family of Alice.

Valentino

Just few lines to thank all the people, the associations, the schools, the volunteers, who have supported Alice Project for years through their work, their personal contribution, organizing training courses, conferences, markets, concerts…participating in the Lottery

I thank you all and Merry Christmas.

Luigina

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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ESAMI ALICE PROJECT – RISULTATI ECCELLENTI

By Valentino Giacomin

Siamo molto felici di informare tutti i nostril amici di Alice che gli studenti della classe X  hanno ottenuto voti eccellenti agli esami di Stato e sono tutti passati con il massimo dei voti secondo il sistema di valutazione indiano. Lo stesso per gli studenti della classe XII, dei quail il novanta per cento ha ottenuto il massimo dei voti e solo due sono passati con ben oltre la sufficienza, il resto e’ passato con il massimo dei voti con merito.

Questo dimostra che non vi sono ragioni per lamentarsi del nostro metodo, del numero di studenti in ogni classe e della qualita’ dell’istruzione (e non scrivo “educazione”).   Nonostante il tempo dedicato allo yoga, alla meditazione etc. I nostri studenti sono sempre trai migliori. Questo garantisce che il Progetto Alice non pensa solo alla… natura nella mente ma si prende cura della…natura dei risultati accademici!

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Gli studenti di Alice Project durante l’assemblea della mattina, le lezioni e il tempo libero

ESAMI DI SANSCRITO TERMITATI

L’ 8  Giugno sono terminati gli esami di Sanscrito . Da sei anni a questa parte entrambe le nostre scuole di Sarnath e Bodhgaya hanno ottenuto l’autorizzazione per diventare centri di esaminazione. Circa 300 studenti  dalla classe IX al BA (anno del Diploma) sono stati esaminati.

Durante gli esami il Vice Cancelliere della Sanskrit University di Varanasi (Sampurnand Sanskrit Vishwvidvalaya) e’ venuto nella nostra scuola per un’improvvisa ispezione e dopo aver visitato  la scuola e’ rimasto molto colpito dall’atmosfera e si e’ ispirato molto nell’ osservare i nostri studenti durante gli esami. Ha elogiato inoltre il nostro impegno ed il buon lavoro che facciamo per preservare quest’antica lingua sanscrita, garantendoci un roseo futuro al Sanskrit College.

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Studenti e professori del SarvbhaumikShikshasharam Sanskrit Mahavidyala durante gli esami

AFFILIAZIONE DELLA CLASSE X – Adesso siamo diventati una “Scuola Superiore di Educazione Universale” (Universal Education Higher Secondary School). La scuola riconosciuta dall’Universita’ di Sanscrito come centro di esaminazione ha adesso anche ottenuto il riconoscimento dal governo dell’Uttar Pradesh . Adesso abbiamo l’autorizzazione di iscrivere gli studenti in classe X e fargli sostenere gli esami. L’”Universal Education School” – del Progetto Alice e’adesso l’Universal Education Higher Secondary School.

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L’amministratore del Dipartimento dell’Educazione, la segretaria della scuola e il principale della scuola durante l’ispezione

IL RAGAZZO PERDUTO CHE STA PER DIVENTARE MAESTRO DI YOGA…

By V. Giacomin

Vedete l’ultimo ragazzo a destra nella foto, dietro le ragazze? Lui ha un’incredibile storia da raccontare. Una storia molto triste, con un bel finale. Da otto anno gli chiedo di scrivere la sua storia… “e’ troppo doloroso” mi dice per giustificare il suo ritardo. E adesso si sta per laureare all’Universita’di Yoga in Bangalore. Ma tocca a lui continuare a raccontare la storia, io ve l’ho solo presentato.

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“Ricordo il giorno in cui mi e’ stato detto che da quel momento momento avrei potuto vedere il mondo da fuori le sbarre dalla Casa Giovanile Ramnagar. E’ stato un sogno che si e’ avverato. Non sono stato capace di capire cosa dire e di esprimere i miei sentimenti. Il mio cuore  non aveva mai provato quelle emozioni di gioia e felicita’ prima d’ora. Successivamente sono stato portato qui alla Scuola del Progetto Alice. Sono stato iscritto in classe V. Ero un tantino piu’ grande degli altri studenti, infatti all’inizio mi sentivo un po’ a disagio, ma grazie all’aiuto dei miei  insegnanti e dei compagni di classe presto sono riuscito a inserirmi nel gruppo. Ho studiato qui fino alla classe XII, adesso sto per ottenere la laurea (BS) in Yoga. E’ uno corso diventare insegnanti di Yoga e ho gia’ completato con successo i miei due anni di studi, spero di terminare al piu’ presto questo corso per richiedere l’iscrizione al Master. Voglio diventare un insegnante di Yoga e aiutare tutti i fratelli e le sorelle della mia scuola (Progetto Alice) che mi ha dato tutto…..Sanjay Kumar

SANJAY KUMAR – UN INSEGNANTE DEL PROGETTO ALICE – dopo 18 mesi trascorsi al Manjushri Educational Project (Tempio di Padmasambhava, Nepal).

image012Sanjay Kumar e’ tornato da poco dal Nepal, dopo aver trascorso diciotto mesi lavorando come gestore dell’ostello gestito dal Progetto di Educazione Manjushri sponsorizzato dal Tempio di Padmasambhava in Nepal, Pharping. Sanjay dice che i suoi bambini sentono molto la sua mancanza… lo chiamano quasi ogni giorno per chiedergli quando ha tornera’. Dice che i suoi studenti sono cambiati molto da quando lo hanno conosciuto, agli inizi per lui era molto difficile lavorare con loro, poiche’ i bambini erano di eta’ diverse e ognuno di loro aveva un trascorso differente. Principalmente avevano problemi di concentrazione, non erano capaci di stare calmi e in silenzio. Ma dopo aver lavorato con loro per 18 mesi sono piu’ presenti e consapevoli e hanno raggiunto risultati molto positivi.

 

 

BAMBINI MOMPA – ORA E ALLORA

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Il primo gruppo di bimbi Mompa nel nostro ostello quando arrivarono (sulla destra), qualche studente oggi in uniforme scolastica

Il progetto Monpa e’ cominciato con due fratelli Bhoom Dorje e Lobsan Dakpa. “Siamo arrivati qui nel Febbraio 2006, io avevo 12 anni e mio fratello 5.” dice Bhoom. Dopo un anno (2007) un gruppo di 8 studenti Monpa (4 ragazze e 4 ragazzi – dai quattro agli otto anni) e’ stato accolto nel Progetto Alice grazie all’impegno di un alunno buddista del Centro di Studi Tibetani (Tibetan University).  Successivamente dopo due anni (Maggio 2009), a causa di problemi economici, non abbiamo potuto continuare questo progetto con loro e solo Bhoom – lo studente piu’ anziano del gruppo, e’ rimasto.

Nel 2011, quando il Progetto Alice e’ diventato economicamente piu’ sicuro,  abbiamo accolto quattro studenti dello stesso gruppo. Alla fine del 2012 – ancora altre tre ragazze sono entrate nell’ostello della scuola dopo molte richieste dell’allievo buddista. Il 9 Giugno 2014 un altro gruppo di quattro ragazze Monpa e’ arrivato nell’ostello del Progetto Alice. Adesso abbiamo 12 studenti Monpa che sono residenti. La scuola e’ totalmente responsabile per loro.

STUDENTI CHAKMA – DOPO IL RIENTRO DAI LORO VILLAGGI

image017 Alcuni dei nostri studenti residenti Chakma sono andati nei loro villagi per le vacanze estive dopo gli esami annuali. Hanno trascorso li’ circa un mese e mezzo e poi sono tornati. “La scuola ci mancava moltissimo mentre eravamo li’.” dice Sukrodhan Chakma, uno dei nostri studenti che e’ tornato a casa. “Ero molto entusiasta di tornare qui.” dice un altro. “I nostri genitori erano molto felici di vederci. Sono molto grati alla Scuola di Alice che si prende cura di noi cosi’ bene. Nel vederci ci hanno detto che siamo molto fotunati di avere questa opportunita’ d’oro di stare qui e che loro non riuscirebbero mai a prendersi cura di noi come fa il Progetto Alice. Grazie al nostro affezionato Bau (Mr. Valentino)!”

 

NOVE ANNI AD ALICE – GRAZIE BAU (Una lettera dell’anziano studente Mompa – Boom)

Il 21 Feb 2015 era la fine del mio nono anno ad Alice Project Universal Education School. E’ stato il 21 Febbraio 2006 infatti, che io e mio fratello Lobsang Dakpa abbiamo avuto la grande opportunita’ di incontrare una persona davvero gentile e umile  nella sua pacifica stanza ad Alice che era coperta da lastre di metallo e paglia. Era una persona con molta esperienza del mondo e con qualita’davvero straordinarie nonostante  la sua ordinaria apparenza. Mi ha solleticato la testa e il viso baciandomi gentilmente le guancie, il che mi ha imbarazzato perche’ questa intimita’per me era nuova. Comunque per me e’ stato davvero spaciale. Questa persona era niente meno che il direttore e il fondatore, sign.Valentino Giacomin il quale abbiamo iniziato a chiamare “BAU” con amore, imitando i nostri studenti piu’ grandi che lo facevano. Oggi, quando riporto in mente i miei giorni di scuola vissuti ad Alice, trovo una sorta di contentezza nel mio cuore.

Sono nato come studente di Alice.

Vengo ancora cresciuto da Alice.

Vengo ancora curato e amato da Alice.

E, certamente, Alice e’ la mia famiglia.

E io ancora amo Alice.

Non importa se qualche volta

Provo frustrazione e soffro per

Le mie faccende personali o per il futuro.

Sono fortunato di essere ad Alice.

Molte grazie!!

 

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image001EXAMS ALICE PROJECT – EXCELLENT RESULTS By

V.Giacomin

We are very happy to inform all our Alice’s Friends that the students of class X got excellent marks at State exams. All of them have passed with First Division. Same for the students of class XII, 90 per cent got First Division, only 2 got second Division. The rest got First Division with honor. This shows that there is no reason to complain about our method, number of students in each class, quality of instruction (I am not writing “education”). In spite of the time dedicated to yoga, meditation… our students are among the best. This is to assure that Alice Project is not thinking only about … the nature of the mind, but is also caring for the … nature of academic results!

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Students of Alice Project During the morning assembly, lessons and at the free time

SANSKRIT EXAMS COMPLETED

On the 8th of June Sanskrit exams were completed. Since last 6 years both our schools Sarnath and Bodhgaya got the authorization to become examination centers. About 300 students from the classes IX to BA (Graduation level) have been examined.
The Vice Chancellor of the Sanskrit university of Benaras (Sampurnand Sanskrit Vishwvidyalaya) came for a sudden inspection at our school during the exams, and when he saw our school, he was so impressed by the atmosphere of the school and by seeing our students during the exams he was very inspired and praised for our efforts and all the good work which we are doing to uplift this ancient language. He said that we have a bright future as a Sanskrit college.

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Students and the teachers of Sarvbhaumik Shikshasharam Sanskrit Mahavidyala during the exams

AFFILIATION OF CLASS X – Now we are “Universal Education Higher Secondary School”. The school which that recognized by the Sanskrit University as an examination center has now got recognition from the Uttar Pradesh government also. Now we have authorization to enroll students and make exams for class X at our school. The Universal Education School- Alice Project is now Universal Education Higher Secondary school.

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The administrator of Education Department, the schools secretary and the principal of the school during the inspection

THE BOY WHO WAS LOST AND NOW IS GOING TO BECOME YOGA TEACHER…
By V. giacomin

Can you see the boy standing on the left side of the photo, behind a girl? He has an incredible story to tell. A very sad story, with a happy end. I have asked him to write his story. He has done this for eight years… “It’s too painful” he told me to justify his delay… Now he is going to get a University degree from Yoga University in Bangalore. Now it is up to him to continue the story. I have just introduced him.

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“I remember the day when I was told that now I can see the world outside of the bars of the Ramnagar Juvenile house. It was like a dream came true. I was not able to understand what to say, how I could express my feelings. My heart was too short to fill this emotion of joy and happiness. Then I was brought here at Alice Project School. I was enrolled in class V. I was a bit older than other students of my class, so at the beginning I was feeling a bit uncomfortable, but my teachers and classmates were very helpful to me and soon I could set myself in their group. I studied here till class XII , now I am doing my BSc. in Yoga. This is a course for becoming a Yoga teacher. I have successfully completed my studies of two years, I would like to complete this course as soon as possible and apply for my master’s degree. Then I want to become a Yoga teacher and help all my brothers and sisters of my school (The Alice Project), where I got everything…… Sanjay Kumar

SANJAY KUMAR- AN ALICE PROJECT TEACEHR – after 18 months spending in Manjushri Educational project c/o  Padmasambhava temple, Nepal.                     
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Sanjay Kumar has recently arrived from Nepal, spending 18 months working as the manager a hostel runby Manjushri educational project under the sponsorship of Padmasambhava temple, Pharping, Nepal. Sanjay says that his children are missing him dearly. They call him almost every day asking him when is going to be back. He said that the students have changed a lot. When he started working with them, it was very hard for him to work, as these children were of different age and all they had a different back grounds. Mainly they had the problem in concentration, they were not able to stay quiet and calm. But now 18 months he has worked with them , they are more concentrated and aware. And they achieved very positive results.

MOMPA KIDS – NOW AND THEN

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The first batch of Mompa kids at our hostel when they came (on the left), same students now in the school uniform

The Monpa project began with two brothers Bhoom Dorje and Lobsan Dakpa. “We arrived here in February 2006, I was 12 years old and my brother was 5.”,says Bhoom. After an year (2007)a group of 8 Monpa students (4 boys and 4 girls – 4 to 8 years old)was accepted at the Alice Project by the effort of a Buddhist scholar at the Tibetan University. Later on after 2 years (May 2009) due to financial problems we could not go on with the group and only one of them the oldest student Bhoom remain here.
In the year 2011, when Alice Project became financially more secure, decided to accept 4 of the same group. At the end of 2012 – 3 more girls were accepted again in the school hostel after many requests of the Buddhist scholar. Now ,In 9 June 2014 a group of another four Monpa girls was accepted in the Alice Project hostel. Now we have 12 Monpa students, who are staying at the Alice project hostel. The school is fully responsible for them.

CHAKMA STUDENTS- AFTER COMING BACK FROM THEIR VILLAGES.

image017Some of our residential Chakma students went to their village for the summer vacations after the annual exams. They spent about one and a half month there and then they came back here. “We missed our school a lot while we were there.” Says Sukrodhan Chakma, one of the students who went back home. “I was very excited to come back here.” Says the other one. “Our parents were very happy to see us. They were very thankful to Alice Project School, which is taking care of us so nicely. On seeing us they told us that we are very fortunate to have this golden chance to stay here they could never take care of us as the Alice Project does. We thank our beloved Bau (Mr. Valentino)!” NINE YEARS AT ALICE- THANK YOU BAU (A letter from the senior Mompa studen- Boom) 21 Feb 2015, was the end of my 9th year staying at Alice Project Universal Education School It was on 21 of Feb in the year 2006, for a great opportunity for my brother Lobsang Dakpa and me, that we met a very kind and humble person in his peaceful room at Alice which was sheltered by tin sheets and straws. He was a well experienced person of the world who appeared to be very ordinary but having extraordinary qualities. He titillated my hairs on head and my face and gently kissed on my chick which made me feel embarrassing, for it was for the first time familiarity in my life. But, it was very particular for me. The person was not any other but the director & founder Mr. Valentino Giacomin, to whom then we began to call him ‘BAU’ with love, imitating our seniors doing so. Today, when I bring to mind my school days at Alice, I discover a sort of contentment within my heart.

I am grown up as a student at Alice.

I am still being nourished by Alice.

I am still being cared & loved by Alice.

And of course, Alice is my family.

And I still love Alice. No matter for sometimes

I get frustrated and suffer because of my

Own personal matters and future.

I am fortunate to be at Alice.

Many Thanks!!

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Dear friends of Alice,
during last December, a fire occurred in the middle of the night and due to a short-circuit destroyed our offices in the Sarnath school. Many of you have been helping us during that period. This is why we start this letter by saying Thank You for your efforts and kindness…

The newsletter May 2015 is available here.

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