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Elementary school by Borymir Elementary school by Borymir
Tibetan school, Qinghai, China

OK, thanks for your comments and let me add some more explanation. This is actually a school in the poorest region of Western China inhabited mostly by Tibetans and Mongolians (Qinghai used to be a part of historic Tibet, but the Chinese decided that it should be excluded from their province bearing this name today).
The school is quite poor and only basically equipped (with some help of Japanese government).
I was a member of an international group visiting this area, so the Chinese hosts tried their best to show openess and tolerance, but obviously it's just the official propaganda. Both Tibetans and Mongolians have quite limited rights under Chinese rule. These children learn in their own language, but as they grow up they will undergo a brain wash, with barely hidden aim of making obedient Chinese citizens out of them.
Now they are just 7 or 8 yrs old and they learn hard. Their families - mostly simple paesants or rather herdsmen - believe that only literacy and education will help them to get out of poverty. And it's a matter of fact, beyond any political intention of state bureaucracy.
My picture just shows this sincere faith and diligence, rarely seen in Western societies nowadays. That's it.


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themaw001 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
so much homework
you will get up at 5:50
if you study in chinese school
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AnaBelenRuiz Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student Interface Designer
and more if you have to travel to school
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WaterStreetNorth Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional Photographer
I am new to TheCorrespondent and unfortunately do not travel much. Your image here and those by others are real eye openers. Thank you for sharing.
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misaki246 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
This only goes to show that we should thank God daily for our blessings.
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JACAC Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
g r e a t . p h o t o
c o n g r a t u l a t i o n s . f o r . t h e . DD
i . h a v e . s e v e n . b u t . i s . a l w a y s . l i k e . t h e . f i r s t . t i m e
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Karinta Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Mmmmm. Interesting piece of photojournalism. Amazing how a story can add such depth to a photo, not that the photo itself is bad.
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! Very interesting work!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Awesome picture! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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CasGabb Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg! His looks making me dizzy! :D They are so cool.
Asian people always cool for me with their original cultures. But in this photo they have a different style with different atmosphere... I liked it!
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vajrasana Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Would it be rude to inquire about the hats?
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