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. Most importantly, the local government officials were fascinated by Montessori education through TALI’s training and translated books in the topic. They initiated a reform in the curriculum for kindergarten schools in the region. In a couple of years of implementing the new curriculum that is integrated with Tibetan culture and local wisdom, the region has won rewards from the upper level government for its effective education system and practices. All in all, TALI has provided incredible support for the growth of Tibetan kindergarten education through workshops and children’s books. It is my honor to acknowledge TALI and Patricia Schiaffini. Her kindness, generosity, and willingness to put the resources together for Tibetan teachers and children are so valuable. Thank You!
Ph.D Student in Education and Research, University of Massachusetts Amherst