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Current Projects


Tibetan Children Literature

A series of ten early reader books

Children authors Tsering Choedron and Nangsal Tenzin Norbu have just finished a series of ten early reader books, as well as two beautiful stories for children based on the lives and habits of the black neck crane. I am copying here Tenzin and Tsechoe so they can give you a bit more information on the books they have finished (the 10 books) and the two other books they are finishing now. (Please add here the information Tenzin and Tsechoe give you). To support TALI's Tibetan Children Literature projects click here. 


Tibetan Literacy Video Project

Animated short videos based on our children book 'Little Shepherd'

TALI is collaborating with Zomshow in the creation of animated short videos based on our children book 'Little Shepherd' that both entertain and help Tibetan children acquire literacy in their own language.

Click here to watch previous video projects.


Teacher-Training Workshops 

Four teacher-training workshops in 2016

TALI had four teacher-training workshops in 2016, three happened in different parts of Amdo and two happened in Kham. TALI is is now preparing 5 more workshops to be taught in Tibetan areas in China in summer 2015. To support TALI's training of Tibetan teachers click here. 


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Get Involved in Tali Projects

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Teacher Training Projects

Educators and Individuals

  • Educators willing to teach workshops 
  • Individuals willing to host fund raising events for TALI 

Supports for School & Libraries

Book and Teaching Materials

Schools, companies or publishers willing to donate book and teaching materials,

please contact us.

Educational Materials

Writers and illustrators

Writers and illustrators willing to write and illustrate books, posters or educational materials for Tibetan children.


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"I first came to know TALI and its great and important work through a few friends. Exactly seven years ago, some friends who are based in the Qinghai part of Tibetan regions talked to me about Patricia Schiaffini and her involvement in Tibetan language and Arts. I was particularly interested in her programs in teacher training for kindergarten school teachers. We began our partnership with TALI then, when we organized a week-long workshop for about 30 Tibetans who then, in the year 2013, were hired by a local government to teach in newly established public schools. The Tibetan teachers were inspired by TALI's creative trainers from Austin (TX), who have solid knowledge, years of classroom experience and passion for Montessori education.   Read more...


Shamu Thar Ph.D Student in Education and Research, University of Massachusetts Amherst

TALI and My Kindergarten

Patricia Schiaffini’s constant support and valuable advice have been a great encouragement for me to devote myself into preschool education. Our kindergarten and teachers have received a lot of benefits from Pati and TALI. Through a friend’s introduction, I first met Pati in Columbia University in New York in 2011, and I had a great talk with her about my idea of opening a bilingual kindergarten for Tibetan kids in my hometown-Rebgong. This was also the topic for the thesis of my Master’s Degree at Brandeis University. She introduced me to many bilingual materials and especially, her words encouraged me to get involved in this project and develop further in this career.   Read more...


Sharap Rebgong, Tibet

"I participated in several of TALI's kindergarten teachers training projects in Xining and Henan, Qinghai. During TALI's workshops Tibetan teachers learned new skills to organize classes kindly in local schools and develop Montessory philosophy among Tibetan schools. More importantly, teachers understood how to build good relationship with kids and how to respect them. Although teachers often push small children too hard to learn in traditional ways, through TALI's workshops many teachers have started to change their minds and adopt Montessory philosophy. Kids are also happy to learn things by doing things instead of learning only by memorizing.   Read more...

Bodchos Amdo, Tibet

Past Projects

Tali's past projects are on view within following categories