Born in a small tranquil village (Tsha Ra), situated between nose-shaped valleys, in Tibet plateau, I had been a humble student in the school; an obedient daughter in the family, and a conservative Tibetan girl in back 1990s. I talked to only my close friends in the school; I thought about only my future, and I cared about only my family and friends.
However, as my journey of education rolling forward, my view, my goals, and my purpose of life has been changed. My vision of the world is peace and harmony; my dream is to help others in every possible way to achieve their potentials; my purpose of life is to bring positive changes in our society. Helping others is my happiness and my passion.
My parents are ordinary farmers; my mom is illiterate, but my dad has primary education. Even if they do not have higher education and illiterate, my parents believe in education. They believe that education can make the difference in our lives; they have faith that it can shape our lives the way we wanted.
As a matter of fact, in my hometown, traditionally people favor boys to girls because having a son somehow serves emotional purpose or spiritual satisfaction. In contrast, girls are believed to be born as accompany with brooms at home; as shadows with hoes at farming fields; and as friends with livestock on grasslands.
In my home community, there is a saying that mice and girls cannot go anywhere or else they would be caught by predators (refers to cats and men), so people believe that home is the best safe place for girls. Nevertheless, my parents do not want me to follow the path of theirs, working on the farms and constantly buzzing around on cyclic housework. They are willing to take hard work themselves and send all three children to school.
However, people in my community do not have much expectation for the education. People do not believe that education makes a dramatic change, but it rather takes too much time and investment that they can hardly bear with. People do not have much patience because they want their children to get jobs and make money sooner after graduation. The concept of education is pretty different in my community. People would rather like to think that getting education is the purpose of making money and earning life.
Moreover, in my community, I am the first and only person who is studying in university abroad now. Therefore, I always have the sense of obligation to lead the way of education to younger generation in my hometown and I want to prove that education can not only shape one’s life, but also it can bring positive changes into the society. As my education continues, I started learning more about development studies and I took gender classes where I met lots of great inspirational teachers and friends.
The way I empower girls and prove to people that education makes the difference is to start doing small-scale development projects. So far, I have implemented a Solar Panel Project (30 solar panels to 30 households) ; did a Flash Lighter Project which benefited 54 families; completed a Second-hand Clothes Project which benefited 160 people and a Book Project that benefited about 342 students and 18 teachers in my home town. I did these projects out of my classes. The purpose of my spending extra hours and making lots of efforts to do these projects is to have people looked girls differently; conceive education differently and hope parents would send more girls to schools because they could see girls also can do so much. I believe that applying my knowledge and experience to contribute back to community as a means to empower young girls to pursue education and their dreams.
The World Pulse gives me hopes; it galvanizes us to bring revolutionaries together; it allows us to cooperate each other because cooperation makes the best; it gives us space to express our opinions and share our stories; it teaches me to use all invaluable resources around my life; therefore, it is a great deal for me to have access to the World Pulse and be a part of this community.
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