The first project from Pietro Taricone Onlus was to build a school that could guarantee a full basic educational system to Mustang kids, from elementary to middle school, so they could get general knowledge and education that they never received in the past and which did not allow them to be in the same conditions as their peers in other parts of the world. To do so, it was necessary to develop and implement an academic system that would promote their consciousness and the preservation of the Mustang culture. An academic system based on local history and traditions, so the awareness of the historical roots and cultural identity could emerge in the community.
Protecting people’s culture is as important as feeding them and this is exactly what Pietro Taricone Onlus wants: to encourage the educational system that allows Mustang’s people to create a new generation, prepared to face globalization and contemporary times, but at the same time careful to its cultural and historical legacy, respecting traditional activities.
The academic program was adapted to suit the kids’ needs and it aims at preserving and encouraging a competitive education in line with the region’s environment. Therefore, the school offers not only the basic material for the daily life and teaching, but also a library and the right tools to teach the kids music, and arts and crafts. In the classrooms, apart from the traditional subjects (such as Math, Geometry, Geography, History – from Tibet and from the world, Science, etc.), kids also learn the Standard Tibetan, English and the Tibetan culture and tradition. Moreover, there are particular classes to raise awareness of themselves, nutrition, gym, yoga and personal hygiene. The project also wants to raise awareness concerning the importance of the proper nutrition of the entire local community, not only with direct information campaigns (which is not really feasible), but with the word-of-mouth that kids themselves can spread to their families and the village once they are back home.