China is replacing Tibetan-language schooling with education almost entirely in Chinese, and coercing parents to send children to faraway residential schools. This insidious plan has been designed to stamp out the next generation of Tibetan speakers in an attempt to eliminate the Tibetan identity.
China describes the language policies for occupied Tibet as “bilingual education,” but with Tibetan-language schools being forced to close their doors and kindergarten-aged children being forced to learn mostly in Chinese, it's clear that this is a deliberate effort to strip Tibetans’ language and culture from them.
Tibetans have expressed widespread concern about the increased crackdown on Tibetan language rights and the resulting loss of fluency among the younger generation. A decade ago, when the government of China enacted plans to wipe out Tibetan-language education in schools, a wave of massive protests took place. Thousands of students and teachers marched in the streets, shouting slogans like “We want freedom for Tibetan language.” These brave students faced down armed security forces while their supporters sent letters and petitions to Chinese authorities in their efforts to protect Tibetan culture and identity.
They succeeded, temporarily, but today their schools are again under attack.
Now, Tibetans need help to fight back against these racist policies and to keep the Tibetan language and culture alive and thriving.
TAKE ACTION - Send an urgent message to Chinese leaders Vice Premier, Sun Chunlan 孙春兰 and Minister of Education, Chen Baosheng 陈宝生