Peace Education

Aaghaz-e-Dosti is involved in citizen diplomacy primiarly through peace education activities in schools and colleges in India and Pakistan. The aim is to break stereotypes and misconceptions, facilitate an understanding of the issues of conflict, its victims, how it affects us all and develop faith in peace building and conflict resolution.

Some of our current peace education activities are:

Aman Chaupal – We organise interaction sessions wherein someone from Pakistan addresses the questions of students. This session is a question-answer format so the focus is completely to have the audience get answers, understand the “other” perspective, side of the story which otherwise remains inaccessible due to politics of knowledge and media.

Classroom to Classroom Connect – We connect an Indian classroom with a classroom in Pakistan through video conference to facilitate interaction between students. The students interact with their peers across the border. The students of both countries tell each other about their country, their everyday life and culture thereby countering stereotypes and misconceptions. We have had really interesting conversations in these sessions, like Indian and Pakistani students jointly singing songs. 

Peace Workshops –  We conduct peace building workshops in India and Pakistan to facilitate an understanding of peace building, conflict resolution in general and Indo-Pak issues in specific. The theme and content of workshops of Aaghaz-e-Dosti are customised according to the institution and the audience. To know more, see

Letter Exchange Program – We have Letter exchange Programs between students of an Indian and a Pakistani school. This initiative called “Indo-Pak Pen Pals” has three modules meant to facilitate knowledge exchange and interaction between students. 

Greeting Card Exchange Program – We have Indian and Pakistani schools, alternative educational institutions to exchange cards on Independence Day, Festivals and Solidarity cards (we had students to send solidarity cards for Peshawar School Attack, Gulshan i Iqbal Blast, Uri Attack to their peers across the border) to break stereotypes.

Indo-Pak Peace Calendar – Indo-Pak Peace Calendar is a unique calendar by Aaghaz-e-Dosti that carries twelve beautiful paintings made by students from India and Pakistan, and messages of peace from renowned Indo-Pak peace personalities.

Friends Beyond Borders – Friends Beyond Borders (FBB) is an eight-week virtual peace building course of Aaghaz-e-Dosti wherein an Indian and a Pakistani are paired to be e-pals. Over eight weeks, e-pals are guided by a mentor who gives them weekly plans/activities based on a curriculum designed to familiarize them with the ‘other’, its culture, society, politics and the existence of divergent narratives.

We are open to explore more activities.

Join the Peace Education School Network

We invite your esteemed school to be a part of our peace education school network. We have had participation from the following schools:

India

  1. City Montessori School, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
  2. Columbia Foundation Sr Sec School, Delhi
  3. Delhi University Social Centre school, Delhi
  4. Ecole Mondiale World School, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  5. Fr Agnel School, Delhi
  6. Gems Akademia International School, Kolkata, West Bengal
  7. Gujarat Public School, Vadodara, Gujarat
  8. Gyan Mandir Public School, Delhi
  9. Hali Apna School, Panipat, Haryana
  10. Headstart School, Bangalore, Karnataka
  11. Indraprastha Hindu Girls Sr. Sec School, Delhi
  12. ITL Public School, Delhi
  13. Kendriya Vidyalaya, Hakimpet, Telangana
  14. Kendriya Vidyala NRC, Nashik, Maharashtra
  15. Kendriya Vidyalaya School No. 1, Uppal Hyderabad, Telangana
  16. KIIT World School, Delhi
  17. Navnirman Vidyalaya, Surat, Gujarat
  18. Navrachna International School, Vadodara, Gujarat
  19. Pardada Pardadi Inter College, Anupshahr village, UP
  20. Prakriya Green Wisdom School, Bangalore, Karnataka
  21. Purkal Youth Development Society, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
  22. Rainbow English Sr. Sec. School, Delhi
  23. Rishikul Senior Secondary School, Village Ahar Kurana, Panipat
  24. Sabir Abdullah Public High School, Panzinara, Srinagar, J&K
  25. Sir Chhoturam Heritage Public School, Panipat, Haryana
  26. St Fidelis College, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
  27. St Stephens School, Chandigarh

Pakistan

  1. AIOU, Gojra, Toba Tek Singh
  2. Air Foundation School System, Umerkot, Sindh
  3. Bacha Khan Model High School, Swabi, KPK
  4. Bacha Khan Model High School, Nauthia, KPK
  5. Excellent Education Center, Lahore
  6. Evergreen Schooling Systems, Karachi
  7. Ghauri Wisdom High School, Lahore
  8. GDA Public Higher Secondary School, Gwadar, Balochistan
  9. Govt Degree College, Chitral
  10. G.H. School, Gojra, Toba Tek Singh
  11. Habib Girls Higher Secondary School, Karach
  12. Hampton School, Karachi
  13. Islamabad Model college for girls, Islamabad
  14. Lahore Grammar School, Johar Town branch, Lahore
  15. Lahore Grammar School, Township branch, Lahore
  16. Lang Lands School & College, Chitral
  17. Lasani Public School, Sadiqabad
  18. National College of Mandi, Faizabad, Dist Nankana Sahib
  19. National Textile Institute, Islamabad
  20. Resource Academia International School System, Lahore
  21. Saint Anthony School, Rawalpindi
  22. School of International Studies in Science and Arts, Lahore
  23. SLS School, Islamabad
  24. SMB Fatimah Jinnah Govt Girls School, Karachi
  25. Sir Syed Ideal School System, Islamabad
  26. Street to School Organisation, Karachi
  27. St Patrick’s High School, Karachi
  28. St Patrick’s College, Karachi
  29. Unique School System, Mazang, Lahore

Oman

  1. Indian School, Salalah

To contact us, kindly drop an email at aaghazedosti@gmail.com

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