“Exchange for Change 2013-2015” – Indo-Pak Exchange Program is a private initiative to bridge borders and scale boundaries between school students in India and Pakistan. The programme aims to create awareness about cultures, similarities and diversities, encouraging sustaining relationships among the children of both the countries for a peaceful tomorrow. It has been considered as world’s largest oral history programme and has its main objective as helping students in both the countries realize that a sustained dialogue is the only means to encourage them to form their opinions.
Indo-Pak Exchange Program is a program in which students from a secondary school or university study abroad at one of their institution’s partner institutions. New Delhi based non-government organization “Routes 2 Roots” founder Rakesh Gupta has said that it has already been planned and they are now executing the program. They will soon visit the schools of both the countries to select the students and teachers.
It is going to be a 14 months programme, which will include activities like letter exchanges, charts, posters, postcards, and visual and oral histories exchange as the students have heard from their elders.
The age group of participating children is 10-14 years. Around 6,200 students from 37 schools and 7 cities are going to take part in this exchange programme. A few good schools of Kolkata have already been selected to take part in the programme. It includes Modern High School, Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, La Martiniere for Boys, Abhinav Bharati, Saifee Hall and Chowringhee High School.
Other cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Dehradun are also up for the participation.