Indo-Pak Pen Pals: Letter Exchange Program

“Indo-Pak Pen Pals” is a letter exchange program between students of schools in India and Pakistan. The aim of the program is to facilitate one to one contact between Indian & Pakistani school students under the supervision of trained educators.

Aaghaz-e-Dosti plans to extend this peace and friendship program to young minds, who will be the architects of tomorrow. We hope to create awareness among these students about the similarities between the two countries and to break the stereotypes. This is in line with the objective and previous initiatives of Aaghaz-e-Dosti to break stereotypes and embed critical thinking over the issues. A similar and one of the major initiatives of Aaghaz-e-Dosti, “Friends Beyond Borders”, the first virtual peace-building course between Indians and Pakistanis which was successfully completed in July 2015, had in a similar vein encouraged people-to-people diplomacy. This first session had participants from different professional backgrounds.

The “Indo-Pak Pen Pals” initiative would be an attempt to conduct this at the school level. In this initiative, a series of letters would be shared among randomly paired students from both the countries. The content of the letters would be governed by the module designed by our peace activists. The module aims at promoting a culture of peace, understanding and mutual acceptance. The students would be encouraged to look beyond the obvious and question stereotypes in order to promote critical thinking. We intend to make peace education an integral part of the the curriculum so as to transform these budding minds into responsible citizens of tomorrow.

The program would be preceded by a sensitivity training session by our peace activists, who would brief the students involved and the teachers about the program and its objectives. A skype session would be organized by our team members, between the participants of both the countries after it’s successful completion.

The conduction of the program would be based on a detailed module.

The “Indo-Pak Pen Pals” committee includes Madhulika Narasimhan, Yashika Pahwa, Suraiya Islam and Aliya Harir

First “Indo-Pak Pen Pals” Programme

The first “Indo-Pak Pen Pals” programme has been initiated between grade 6 students of Ecole Mondiale World School (Mumbai, India) and Syed Ideal School System (Islamabad, Pakistan).

If you want to participate as a school or join us to help, write to aaghazedosti@gmail.com

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