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My peers were kept at home at that time

"Even if you send your daughter to school and pay school fees, she will not be able to repay you as much as you paid for her, right now finding job is really difficult especially for farmers' children, and we do not have any official relatives who can go backdoor to find jobs once your child get graduated from high school or college. So what we could do is to bribe government officials to get jobs for your children,” said our family’s neighbor Aaye (local way to address an old man) to my parents that I still clearly remember.
When the day of my graduation from primary school approached, the one thing agonizing me was about whether or not I was being able to continue my education further in Middle school. Actually primary graduation should have been the moment at when one ought to celebrate for a completion of six years studies; it was rather a critical moment for me. Going to a middle school was the goal of my life, hope, destination, and it was my every day dream.

Going to a middle school, we would have to pay tuition about 480 RMB for a semester. So, I was really concerned whether my family would be able to cover my tuition or whether they would be willing to invest any amount in my education. I was pretty clearly that it would be very difficult for an agricultural family like my own to support a middle-school-student with 480 RMB tuition fees in four months and 960 RMB in a year. Because of the tuition demands, most children in my home area would be ceased continuing their education once they graduated from primary school, which are free from any fees. However, I would not say because of economical barrier, families could not afford to have their children continued their education, but it was more about parents’ reluctance to invest any in girls’ education. If parents really believe in daughter’s education and allow her to fulfill potential capabilities through education, there could be many other means to make it happen.

Fortunately, my parents agreed to send me to Karze Tibetan Middle school which is 30kilometers away from my village. Not because of my family was well-to-do enough to pay my school fees, but because my parents believed in me and my education. When I went to middle school, most of my relatives, and villagers complained my parents for sending me to the middle school with such high tuition. They suggested my parents to keep me at home and send me to do construction work for earning money like any other girls my age. However, so many of my peers were kept at home for herding livestock, digging caterpillar fungus, doing construction work, and picking up weeds in the fields.

Moreover, traditionally people favor boys to girls because boys are born to be real carriers of family legacy from one generation to another, but girls are born as properties of other families because they are supposed to marry out when they grow up. Having a son serves emotional purposes by the way. And girls are trained for weeding, herding, harvesting, sweeping, milking and picking up yak dung, and cooking.

One more reason preventing girls to access education is that there are very few female models that inspire others and lack of female roles in leadership, people assume that females are not capable enough to take leadership positions without giving females any opportunities.
The possible solutions could be raising awareness of the importance of girls’ education in especially remote areas by having workshop on various topics in terms of health issue, and storytelling to encourage young women to participate in social activities. Furthermore, it would be good step to have female led programs where have girls built social-network, raise their own voices and break the social boundaries.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Girls Transform the World Digital Action Campaign.

World Pulse believes that women's stories, recommendations, and collective rising leadership can—and will—bring girls greater access to education which will transform their lives, their families, and communities. The Girls Transform Campaign elicits insightful content from young women on the ground, strengthens their confidence as women, and ensures that influencers and powerful institutions hear their stories.
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Jampa, you deserve to be given education because you are born a girl! Women with education will educate their children and those children will educate their own! It is a positive cycle that will bring change to your country! I agree with your suggestions!! Keep writing and bringing your voice to the level of getting the attention of your community leaders

"Be the change you want in the world." Gandhi

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jampa's picture

Gratitude

Dear Debra,
Thanks very much for your words of wisdom and encouragement. It's so blessing to have you all here to support each other and give voices to voiceless, be the audience of my story and my opinions, I really appreciate for your stopping by and reading my post.
Lots of blessings to you,
Jampa

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Thanks!

Jampa,
Thanks for sharing this piece. I think the solutions you put forward "[...] raising awareness of the importance of girls’ education in especially remote areas by having workshop on various topics in terms of health issue, and storytelling to encourage young women to participate in social activities" are two spot-on ideas. By sharing stories, young women can have a voice of their own and that's a powerful thing!

Nelly Bassily
"We must become the change we want to see in the world"
(Mahatma Gandhi)

jampa's picture

Blessings

Dear Nelly,
Thanks so much for your kind comment and approving my suggestions for the girls' education.
Let's hope for the best, start from us, allowing ourselves to empower our mothers, sisters, aunts, and friends around us.
Love,
Jampa

libudsuroy's picture

Hi, Jampa! Thank so much for

Hi, Jampa! Thank so much for sharing with us thoughts on how women living in remote areas in your country can be empowered. It looks like the mainstream schooling must really have some parallel alternative strategies to make girl education holistic and empowering in Tibet. More power, dear sister!

Blessings,
libudsuroy/Lina Sagaral Reyes
Mindanao, The Philippines

''Every Day is a Journey and the Journey itself is Home.'' (Matsuo Basho)

jampa's picture

Bless you more

Dear sister Libudsuroy,
I really appreciate for your kind feedback on my post and thank you so much for stopping by reading mine.
I hope that people have a picture of girls' education situation in my hometown, Tibet.
Love,
Jampa

Jan K Askin's picture

Sharing Your Education

Dear Jampa,

I am impressed that your parents recognized spark in you and sent you to middle school, despite the contrary advice they received in your farming community. It was a true gift. Now, you are sharing the riches of your educate by raising your voice on WorldPulse and elsewhere to create more opportunities for girls to become educated.

I especially like your idea of helping girls and women to build social networks. These groups of like-minded women can support each others with ideas, practical advice, and morale-boosting.

Best wishes from your sister in the US,

Jan

Jan Askin

jampa's picture

Honored

Dear sis Jan,
Thanks very much for your kind comments, your support and encouragement here. I feel blessed to receive your comments and thoughts on my stories. I feel blessed to have this opportunity to connect with you to share my stories and stories of my people in my community. I am fortunate enough to continue my education and I feel thrilled to share my fortune with girls my age, don't have, in my community, along with your help, "practical advice and morale-boosting."
Cheers,
Love,
Jampa

Jan K Askin's picture

You are welcome.

Greetings,

I am so glad you found support in my comments.

Jan

Jan Askin

jampa's picture

Of course

I did find support and encouragement from your comment.
Thanks much!
Let's keep sharing our stories.
Love,
Jampa

Hesychia's picture

Storytelling

Dear Jampa,

You are so fortunate that your parents believed in you and your education! It is clear from your story that you recognize that gift and wish to help other girls continue their educations. Having a storyteller to share the importance of educating girls shows that you have truly thought this through. Examples and stories show communities the good that can come of it.

Good luck with your continued work!

Hesychia

jampa's picture

Gratitude

Dear sis Hesychia,
Your comments are truly appreciated. Yeah, indeed I recognize my gift of this opportunity and continuous education; therefore, I am more motivated to invest my experience and knowledge in girls empowerment through education. I firmly believe that women and girls have to see great powerful women out there are really doing something extraordinary and that allows them to see hope and think outside of the box so that they themselves not to internalize the facts that girls are believed to be born as inferior or incapable of dreaming bigger. I really want to change from the fundamental beliefs and socially constructed norms that are set around people. Of course, merely one person cannot change the world, unless otherwise we cooperate; we combine our voices; we listen to different stories and find our own images within; we connect our souls and we all see ourselves are part of the solutions to women and girls in our own communities. Fortunately, that is what the World Pulse aiming for and having us here.
Thanks once again dear Hesychia,
Blessings & Love,
Jampa

Hesychia's picture

Each person changes the world

My dear Jampa ~

YES! Women and girls need to see 'great powerful women out there are doing something extraordinary'. AND they need to see women like you working and wanting to make changes. They need to see that every day women can affect change in their community. That is also the importance of the storyteller: to tell her own personal story. Yours is powerful.

I've always found this quote important: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead

Blessings ~
Hesychia

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Absolutely

Dear Hesychia,
I really appreciate to your for your inspirational comment and your wholehearted support for my visions. I will definitely keep this you gave in mind while striving for the positive changes, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Thanks again dear sister,
Cheers,
Jampa

Lisa T's picture

Inspiring others!

Jampa,

Thank you for sharing your story. It was a pleasure to read. I especially like the positive vision and ideas for the future that you present in the final paragraph of your post. You also do a nice job of describing the situation of girls in your country and the challenges in accessing education. The line, "Furthermore, it would be good step to have female led programs where have girls built social-network, raise their own voices and break the social boundaries," left me wondering if you have been involved in helping girls access education and share their voices. I look forward to reading more of your posts!

Sincerely,
Lisa

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Thanks a lot

Dear Lisa,
First of all, thanks very much for your comments. I really appreciate you for stopping by reading my post. Definitely, I firmly believe that Education can shape girls's lives and orient their future paths. The reason why I suggested that it is a great step to have female led programs where have girls built social-network and raise their own voices is because female led programs can not only empower young women but also it roots out the fundamental socially constructed stereotypes of gender. What I see in my community is that women and girls are raised in a conservative environment and they are limited to social boundaries and constrains, so they end up internalizing these beliefs and stereotypes and accept as usual. I want each individual to look at oneself differently instead of trying to fit oneself in that standard category, females are born as properties of others and collectors of yak dung or so forth.
The most important I see is to give more opportunity to girls allowing individuals to see their potential abilities and their dreams so that their enthusiasm for positive changes will be born along with their spirits. I believe changes come into be only when an individual comes out of the boundary; changes only come to be only when one sees real bright future.
Thanks very much,
Cheers,
Jampa

Activechica's picture

Keeping Climbing!

Jampa,

I was so happy to read that your parents believed in you and your education!! And I see that you have continued to leap over the education barriers in your country. I hope to learn more of how you did that so that others will hopefully learn from your example.

I am so excited for your future and how you will undoubtedly affect all those who meet you!

Warmest wishes!
Leslie

jampa's picture

Thank you very much

Dear Leslie,
Thank you very much for stopping by and reading my post.
Yeah, i am always very grateful to my parents for their faith and support in me. And my experience and opportunity of education always motivate me to bring positive changes back to my community and empower girls and women.
I will keep trying and striving for it.
Blessings to you,
Jampa

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