Documenting Local Knowledge on the Tibetan Plateau is a collaborative global service project of Sidwell Friends School, Fudan University High School (Shanghai), and Chungba Middle School (Litang County, Sichuan), in conjunction with the Summer Enrichment Program administered by the NGO Machik, dedicated to improving the lives of people on the Tibetan Plateau.
The goal of this global service learning project is to document local knowledge on the Tibetan Plateau in a digital archive, creating a tri-lingual resource of teaching materials that can be integrated into the curriculum of schools in Tibetan areas of China. In this project students from Sidwell will collaborate with an equal number of students from Fudan University High School in Shanghai, and with a group of Tibetan students from the Chungba Middle School, to carry out fieldwork surveys of local culture. Student research teams will be comprised of one American, one Han Chinese, and two or three ethnic Tibetan students. Each team will be responsible for developing a particular cultural survey topic: planning, recording, translating, editing, and preserving the data they collect in the online project archive. The research results will also be published in a printed magazine for local libraries, and included in the Machik Foundation’s Cultural Mapping Project (CMP) funded by the National Geographic Society.