So, after a year of planning and two weeks on the road the first ever TibetXChange programme has come to an end and we have said goodbye to our wonderful Tibetan friends. Words cannot express how grateful we are to everyone who who has supported us, financially and in spirit, on the journey that we have taken together. Yeshey, Tseyang, Rabga, Kelsang and Phuntsok proved themselves time and time again to be fantastic ambassadors for Tibet, speaking with around 800 school children, University students, politicians, policy makers, academics, community representatives and members of the public and touching the hearts of everyone they met. We wish them a safe journey back to India and the strength to build upon, and share, everything they have learnt during their short time with us in the UK.
A wonderful meeting with Chonpel Tsering, representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, to discuss the success of the TibetXChange programme and plan our future work together.
A huge thank you to Rigzin at the Kailash MOMO Restaurant for providing a delicious meal of momo, thukpa and thali for our final night together and for his very generous donation to our project. If you want to eat delicious Tibetan food in London then Kailash Momo is the place to go!
Today we arrived in London for the final few days of our programme and enjoyed a tour of Westminster with Riki Hyde-Chambers, Chair of the Tibet Relief Fund.
A fantastic day in Coventry meeting with young people at the Sidney Stringer Academy to talk about commonalities as well as differences, speaking on HillzFM community radio about the issues facing the Tibetan community and finally getting to know people from different backgrounds at Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre.
Relaxing in the Autumn sunshine at the end of a very successful week in Wales meeting with nearly 500 school children, university students, politicians, policy makers and members of the public. Today we travel to Coventry for more meetings, a radio show on Hillz FM and a workshop on the benefits of inter-generational working to secure more peaceful societies in commemoration of Armistice Day.
Today a film screening, a visit to a Welsh language school and a trip to Dinefwr Castle, Llandeilo – in the rain, of course!
Thank you to Katherine Davies and the staff and students of Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr for welcoming us today. We had a very interesting discussion about the importance of language in shaping the identities of young people in Wales, India and Tibet.