Building Bridges Project is an innovative exposure and exchange programme designed to bring together young people from the Tibetan and Indian communities to foster a better understanding of cultures and develop respect, care, learning and sharing. The project aims to expand comfort zones and broaden horizons as well as nurture friendships and relationships between communities, institutions and individuals.
Under this project, we facilitate mentoring programme, summer camps and school exchange programmes.
ENVISION under Building Bridges Project, facilitate Mentoring Programme for the students to expand their horizon, to influence and motivate the students and helping them to adapt and adjust outside their comfort zone.
The students of class XI of STS Paonta Sahib and TCV Selakui Schools are selected for this programme.
- To foster better understanding and develop respect, care, learning and sharing between Tibetan and Indian Communities
- To expand the comfort zones of Tibetan students
- To nurture friendship and relationship between communities, institutions and individuals
This programme was aimed to facilitate the emotional, intellectual and holistic growth of the students by encouraging and promoting a structured interaction with accomplished and successful members of the larger Dehradun society who would act as mentors, becoming an interface between the outside world, dominated by an Indian culture and a Tibetan culture which can loosely be described through Indian eyes, as soft but yet extremely supple with tremendous inner strength.
Summer Camp Programme
The pilot event of the building Bridges Project was a summer camp for school children held in June 2013 at Upper TCV School, Dharamshala. The camp involved 18 students of class X from Vasant Valley school and 18 students from classes IX and X from Upper TCV School. The selection of the students was on a voluntary basis.
The programme was a collaboration between ENVISION, Ritinjali, Vasant Valley and Upper TCV School, Dharamshala.
- Compare and contrast personal family experience with their buddies – see differences and more importantly similarities
- Undertake a study of Indian and Tibetan communities in Dharamsala and identify key strengths and challenges
- Design and undertake a community action (service/awareness programme) on an issue of shared concern