Tapriza School was established in 1998 to provide children
with access to education in a culturally appropriate setting
near their home. Phoksumdo area people originated in Tibet
and still speak their own dialect and observe ancient Bon
religion. They are no longer isolated as they were for centuries,
with the result that young people risk losing their cultural
identity, language and traditional heritage. At the same time,
the traditional livelihood of farming and barter trading are no
longer practical. Education has become the key to survival.
The school addresses the need for good education in
this remote area. Students are taught standard Nepalese government curriculum, with
additional classes in Tibetan, English, local history and traditional arts. At parents'
request, the students stay at the school, remaining focused on studies. Tapriza has
become the center of the community, and increased indigenous people's control in directing
their area's development.