The first project of the Pietro Taricone Onlus is to build a school that will ensure that the children of Mustang complete a series of basic studies from elementary to middle school for them to adquire the general knowledge and formation they are completely lacking of today and are therefore unable to be compared equally with the modern world.
In order to achieve such goal it is necessary to develop and implement an aducational system that promotes educational awareness and the maintenance of Mustangi culture, through the study of the history of the place and its traditions and by encouraging the local community to create a whole new advanced dimension aware of its historical roots and cultural identity.
To put it in one sentence: helping to develop the culture of their own culture.
The lack of a qulity educational proposal, together with the absence of educational facilities in Mustang, is causing a migration of their culture, so that families who are financialy able to support the education of their children (about 5-7% of population) favor the removal of the young people, which usually takes 10-15 years and often becomes final. For all other less fortunate ones there are no open doors to be found other than illiteracy and social degradation.
Due to the lack of on official accurate census, it is estimated that illiteracy exeeds the worrying rate of 80%.
The fiirst step of the foundation’s project is to build a school in the nrthern region of Mustang, the Ghami village.
The children of today will be the adults of tomorrow. They represent the future of the people who are at risk of extinction. The threat to their identity is now daily and unrelenting.
Protecting people’s culture is equally important as feeding them, which is what Pietro Taricone non-profit organization wants to offer them: the opportunity to recieve an education which will enable them to face the rest of the world with the same tools and opportunities without withdrawing the possibility for the world to learn, share and enjoy their rich cultural heritage.
A school built in such a disant and remote land, reaffirms the natural right to education, which children of the more advanced world take for granted. The right to education should be universal, regardless of ethnic backgrounds and social status.