Appleby College

Appleby College

July 15, 2009 14:34 ET

Appleby College Students Head to China to Help Teach Tibetan Primary School Students

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 15, 2009) - Thirteen Appleby College students and teachers will be travelling to China on Friday, July 17 with the non-profit organization Machik to provide educational assistance to students at the Ruth Walter Chungba Primary School.

Appleby, along with Cornell University students, will be assisting with Machik's Summer Learning Program, which offers Tibetan students enrichment activities and skills development. Students will assist with its English classes, stonecarving, incense making, cooking and needlework.

Machik, headquartered in Washington, D.C., works to develop new opportunities for education and innovation on the Tibetan plateau. It helped to open the primary school in the rural community of Chungba in 2002, allowing the first generation of Chungba residents access to a formal education, setting a new standard for rural Tibetan schooling.

"At Machik, we believe in, and have observed, directly the profound and mutual impact of the Summer Learning Program on both the Tibetan rural children and their volunteer instructors. Both form new global friendships through the learning of different cultures, languages and viewpoints," said Losang Rabgey, Machik executive director and co-founder.

Not only is the service project the first of its kind for Appleby College, but Appleby is the first high school in North America to partner with Machik and offer assistance to its overseas educational initiatives. Students at Cornell University, University of Windsor, Simon Fraser University and other international schools have already volunteered with the organization.

"It is a unique opportunity for our school to work with a Tibetan school in China. Our students will gain exposure to the culture and learn from it while helping to improve the educational opportunities for children in Chungba," said Rob McGuiness, Appleby's Assistant Head of School, Global Education.

About Appleby College

Appleby College is an independent school for more than 750 young men and women in Grades 7 to 12. Founded in 1911, Appleby offers a university preparatory education to both boarding and day students. The curriculum offers an exceptionally diverse education that combines rigorous academics with dynamic arts, athletics and community service. For more information, visit

About Machik

Machik and Machik Canada are non-profit, non-governmental organizations with a mission to strengthen communities on the Tibetan Plateau. Founded on a core commitment to the ideals of service and engagement, its work centres on education, conservation, women's initiatives, economic opportunities, multimedia and digital technology, and social entrepreneurship. For more information, visit

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