In an attempt to foster friendship, change mindsets and bridge the gap across borders, The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP) and Routes 2 Roots (R2R) launched “Student Exchange for Change programme, 2013-2015” on Wednesday at Hotel Grand, New Delhi, Vasant Kunj.
Indian Minister Kapil Sibbal inaugurated the programme and shared his thoughts on the same. High Commissioner Pakistan in India Salman Bashir and Indian actress Juhi Chawla also graced the occasion and congratulated founders of Routes 2 Roots NGO on this commendable initiative to unite the two nations. The launch witnessed the presence of diplomats, principals and children from the participating schools as well as those children who were part of the EFC programme in earlier years.
This third round of the Exchange for Change initiative is set to be the world’s largest initiative of its kind, expanding in scale with the participation of 5,000 students from 25 schools in six cities across the two countries. Children are all set to spread love, harmony and peace through regular exchange of letters, postcards and other content. Schools from Delhi, Mumbai, Dehradun (India) and Lahore, Karachi and Rawalpindi/Islamabad from Pakistan will participate in the project. “Today I am proud to be part of Routes2Roots and I am glad that I am witnessing the launch of the world’s largest oral histories exchange programme between India and Pakistan with more than 5,000 students participating directly and indirectly many more who get involved in the programme like their friends, families and neighbourhoods during the oral histories segment,” Chawla said. “I was glad to be part of exchange for change programme being arranged and hosted by Routes 2 Roots and the Citizens Archive of Pakistan. I had the pleasure of hosting the children visiting India from Pakistan to the High Commission in Delhi and then to my house in the last Exchange for Change programme. I was deeply touched and impressed by the efforts of the organization,” Bashir added.
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