According to a report compiled by Tang Hao, journalist from Sound of Hope, on Dec. 9, 2021, the Tibetan Human Rights Agency urgently appealed to the United Nations and the international community with a request: To end the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) inhuman colonial school system in Tibet.
According to the report, currently, three-quarters of Tibetan students, more than 800,000 people, are forced by the CCP government to live in boarding schools, including four-year-old children. They are arbitrarily assaulted and sexually abused, and subjected to terrible physical punishments.
Tibetan Action Institute researchers found that Tibetan children in boarding schools suffer severe psychological and emotional trauma. The children have to tolerate regular physical and sexual abuse, racism and are politically brainwashed.
Some Tibetan schoolgirls have been subjected to arbitrary sexual abuse. Male teachers, and men both inside and outside the school, often break into girls’ dormitories to sexually assault Tibetan female students at the boarding school. Girls have reported being severely beaten, physically abused, tortured, and have become exhausted physically, emotionally, and psychologically. The three years of middle school life in a boarding school were a nightmare.
The campaign director of the Free Tibetan Students’ organization, Pema Doma, said that the CCP forced a six-year-old and even younger child to spend seven days in a state-run boarding school. Kunchok, a seven-year-old boy who used to study there, now living in exile in New Delhi, told the Globe and Mail that he could not go home on weekends and holidays. He did not see his parents the first year.
From the “Tibet Action Institute,” provided on Dec. 7: Up to 800,000 Tibetan students between 6 and 18 were forced to join the CCP. In public schools managed by the state, students must learn Chinese (Mandarin) and be educated in patriotism and love for the party. They are isolated from family and community, and not confident to practice their religious beliefs.
If Tibetans oppose this type of boarding school, they will be threatened by the CCP with charges of being anti-government. A policeman once said, “We tracked all the chats on WeChat. If someone disobeys, we will deal with them one by one. If someone doesn’t accept this policy and refuses to send their child to school, we’ll take it as a protest.”
Over the past ten years, the CCP has systematically abolished local regular schools and replaced them with centralized boarding schools. Monastic schools and other private schools in Tibet were forced to close, and heads of private schools, teachers, and Tibetan intellectuals were arrested.