Students in Tibet to receive schooling on 'national territory awareness'
Hong Kong has put national education on the backburner, but in Tibet, it is being reformed and revamped.
Local authorities in Tibet have kicked off a campaign aimed at boosting public “awareness of national territory and education”, holding a celebratory event at a Lhasa primary school, state media reported earlier this week.
Photos of the event published by the Xinhua News Agency showed young students saluting the Chinese national flag during a flag-raising ceremony in the school's courtyard.
“This is Tibet, this is Hong Kong and this is Taiwan,” the China News quoted a group of young students as they studied a map of China and learnt about its “proper usage” during a class.
According to the reports, the campaign hopes to strengthen awareness amongst students, the community and the media regarding affairs of national territory and identity.
The event was held just a day before the country's top court and prosecution body put forth a ruling to charge anyone caught aiding or inciting Tibetan self-immolations with murder.
Many Tibetans have criticised Beijing for repressing religious freedoms, eroding Tibetan culture and heavy-handed policing in the supposedly autonomous region.
More than 30 Tibetans engaged in self-immolations in November, comprising about a third of the total number of cases since 2009.