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Young turks for peace

Young turks for peace
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The programme is again making a difference with the visit of 50 delegates including 30 students of 15 schools from Lahore, Karanchi, Rawalpindi and Islamabad. With an aim to strengthen the relation, spread peace and friendship between the two nations, the Indo-Pak students along with Pakistan delegates were invited by Hon’ble High Commissioner, Pakistan High Commission Abdul Basit.

Indian students from Dev Samaj School and Okhla, DPS shushantlok Gurgaon welcomed students from Pakistan who came from Lahore, Karanchi, Rawalpindi and Islamabad and they showcased greetings, letters, collage and video at Pakistan High commission in the presence of HC Abdul Basit, Rakesh Gupta, founder R2R and Tina Vachani, co-founder R2R. Pakistani students also shared their experience in India along with their Indian friends.

High Commissioner, Pakistan High Commission Abdul Basit said, “The youth of both countries is the hope of the region, their courage, curiosity and spontaneity will surely bring a change. Young people on both sides are aware how important peace between India and Pakistan is to realise our potential.

I am confident they are ready to work together to achieve the shared objective of peace and prosperity.” The event will see students from both the nations sharing their culture, lifestyle, familial tradition and even the ways in which they carry out conversation! “This excellent learning opportunity typically leaves students with better understanding of people and their lifestyle,” says Rakesh Gupta, Founder, Routes2Roots. He adds further, “The programme Exchange for Change has brought about visible change in the perception of the young participants from both the countries. And, not to mention, these students will be the leaders of tomorrow, so it is actually a positive step towards a peaceful future.”

Swaleha Alam Shehzada, Citizen Archives of Pakistan, said, “Crossing over with Pakistani students and teachers through the historic gates of Wagah - Attari is always a special moment for the EFC participants. It brings us one step closer to our friends across the border, one step closer to appreciating each other and a final step towards a lasting commitment of friendship.”

In order to spread happiness and peace, both the organisations have been working together to host many cultural activities in India and Pakistan. Sharing her experience for such initiative, Paayal Ramesh, student, Dawood Public School, Karachi says, “The two years of Exchange for Change have been wonderful. This has helped me polish my aim of making friends from Pakistan and India. It is actually like a long-lasting experience which I can’t describe in words.”

With an opportunity to meet students from different parts of Pakistan, Adeeba, class 8th, student, Dev Samaj School shares, “Of course this is going to be a lifetime moment. Apart from fun and interesting sessions, it will be incredible to exchange thoughts and learn new things from them, even though it’s for a short span.”

With an objective to spread peace and prosperity in India and Pakistan, Routes 2 Roots and The Citizens Archive of Pakistan have opted the future generations of both the nations. The initiative has been praised and endorsed by parents from both the countries.
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