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Zanskar

  1. 1. Journey from Zanskar Hannah Potter
  2. 2. Zanskar is located in India near the Tibet and Pakistan borders summary
  3. 3. Zanskar Background • In the Himalayas • No schools • No power • No water • Population of 13,000 • most people living there are illiterate summary
  4. 4. Journey to Manali summary Two monks came to Zanskar to take 17 of the brightest and most capable kids (ages 4- 12) to a school (or a monastery for some children) in Manali. In order to get there, they had to pass 17,500 foot pass that would take 7 days. However, the pass was too snowy to get through so they were forced to turn back and chose a different route to Manali
  5. 5. central message How important is an education? How far are you willing to go to get it?
  6. 6. • preserving a dying culture • kids need to be well rounded (educated in general topics as well as religion and culture) central message Reasons for going to Manali
  7. 7. communicating the message He also showed how poorly the families were educated and how important it was to them that their kids obtain a proper education The director started the film by showing the run down town of Zanskar to show how little opportunities kids had there
  8. 8. communicating the message The documentary followed the group as they traveled showing their struggles to make it to Manali and their reactions to each problem that they encountered
  9. 9. Facts were used very effectively by showing the viewers populations, exact distances of how far the children had to walk, and the extreme temperatures that they had to endure on their journey communicating the message
  10. 10. Response • People should not take education for granted • Education is not a right but a privilege • Not everyone in the world has good schools that can teach the basics such as reading and writing
  11. 11. What should we do? • everyone should help to make education available for people less fortunate • we should reach out to other towns like Zanskar and work to build schools there so that we can make a smarter planet response
  12. 12. What is the role of the individual in the modern world? ? ? • to help others to live up to their full potential and live better lives • to get an education and work to improve the world One of the monks from Zanskar’s Stongde Monastery who was instructed by the Dalai Lama to lead the journey to Manali essential questions
  13. 13. How have human choices had a local and global impact? essential questions
  14. 14. essential questions
  15. 15. The choices of the monks and the Dalai Lama to take 17 kids to Manali has saved a dying culture and given the kids an opportunity to get an education and do someone more with their lives which they would not have had if the monks had not chosen to go to Zanskar essential questions
  16. 16. Sources The documentary had interesting facts and statistics but was based almost solely on the families, monks, and children involved in the journey
  17. 17. How are the kids taken to Manali vs. kids their age that stayed in Zanskar? Questions
  18. 18. How many other villages are there that lack schools like Zanskar? Has anything been done to help the children in those places as well? Questions
  19. 19. Final Thoughts With the current increase and interest in college study abroad programs, could universities create courses in which students go to third world countries and towns like Zanskar and help build schools and teach young kids to help progress the education levels in those places? This might better the communication between the US and other countries and build greater political relationships.
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