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India-Pakistan school Students Exchange Program gets innovation award

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School students from India and Pakistan have been interacting with each other through handwritten letters, Audios and Visual recording

Purpose: Shared the history of the two neighbours before Partition

Student Exchange Program

A year Long Dialogue consisting of exchange of history of two nations in the form of handwritten, Visual and AudioIndia-Pakistan school Students Exchange Program gets innovation award

  • School children aged between 10-14 years from the cities of India and Pakistan will be attended
  • Organised by: City-based NGO ‘Routes 2 Roots’

About NGO

  • Founded by Rakesh Gupta
  • Accorded with “The Inter Cultural Innovation Award 2016” from United Nations Alliance of Civilizations held in Baku, Azerbaijan

Earlier in 2010 the program connected between 2400 children from 100 schools from four cities of India and Pakistan

Eligibility Criteria – Students from dissimilar Socio-Economic backgrounds

Aim: Improving ties between the Two Countries and exchange of Letters, Postcards, Pictures, Artwork and Videos to encourage children to form their own opinions an clearer understanding of History, Culture and Lifestyle through Cross Cultural Communications.

Phase No: 1

‘Letters Writing’ encourage students in writing letters and share their thoughts, values, hobbies and interests.

Phase No: 2

  • ‘Postcard Series’ students click pictures of their favourite monument, family, pet and write about the picture
  • Then the postcards are sent to schools across the border and shared among the children.

Phase No: 3

  • Students are provided four themes namely school life, food, festivals and marriages and historical monuments under the “Collage Series”.
  • Students can make decorative collages on any of the given themes which are shared with schools across the borders

Phase No: 4

  • ‘Oral History’ series which adds an audio-based dimension to the project
  • Students interviewed their grandparents, collecting historical narratives about various cities across Pakistan and India as well as their recollections of the early years.