- "These students are participants of the ongoing "Exchange for Change programme 2013-2015” by Routes 2 Roots between Indian and Pakistani schools to foster friendship, change mindsets and bridge the gap across borders.
|Abdul Basit,Pakistan High Commissioner & Mr. Rakesh Guptawith Students|
On the occasion, Indian students across 3 participating schools, Delhi Public School, Sushant Lok, Gurgaon, Bloom Public School, Vasant Kunj and Dev Samaj Modern School, Sukhdev Vihar, Okhla brainstormed their individual experiences with the High Commissioner, Mohammad Abdul Basit. The program aims at inculcating values and cultures amongst students of India & Pakistan towards each other by sowing the bond of similarities. Bridging the borders and scale boundaries, this fruitful campaign has given a nascent era of prosperity among the nations. This initiative by Routes 2 Roots & The Citizens Archive of Pakistan is primarily to create an understanding of lifestyle, cultures & traditions of students from India & Pakistan. The students were also shown a documentary on Pakistan's land, culture and people. The students of Indian schools were impressed by the building of Pakistan High Commission which is a blend of tradition and modernity.
High Commissioner Abdul Basit, while welcoming the students said that such exchanges between the youth of the two countries was important for the future of peace and stability between the two countries. The High Commissioner said that India and Pakistan were two major South Asian countries with immense potential' and resources and we needed to work jointly towards overcoming the challenges such as hunger, poverty, illiteracy and disease. The High Commissioner outlined that students should acquire the ability to shun stereotypes and look at things around them more objectively.
Mr. Rakesh Gupta, Founder, Routes 2 Roots says, " Routes 2 Roots have been carrying out Cultural Exchange programs from the past 10 years between India and Pakistan and from 2010 have been pursuing " Exchange for Change " program specially designed for the children of India and Pakistan Schools which is unlike most of the Exchange programs as it gives insight into the children impressionable minds, their questions, curiosities and fears of the unknown land being answered by none other than their counterpart in the other country. Mr. Gupta thanked the High Commissioner for inviting Indian students to the High Commission and extending them a very warm hospitality. "