LAHORE: A delegation of Indian students and teachers spent an eventful day here on Saturday.
The delegation is here under the Indo-Pak Peace Project for Education between the Sanjan Nagar Public Education Trust (SNPET), Pakistan, and the Millennium School, Amritsar, India.
Early in the day, scholar Dr Arifa Zehra addressed the students and shared her experiences with them. She shared the lessons she had learnt from her life with the students who keenly listened to her and asked her questions.
She said a book was the best friend of any young person and knowledge about whatever was around us was a must, be it the curriculum or beyond it.
Later, the students participated in the poster-making activity. Indian and Pakistani students made different posters on the topic of friendship and peace in groups. A warm-up activity was also organised for students in which they took part enthusiastically. Students of kindergarten presented a puppet show. Afterwards, the students were taken to watch the Ajoka Theatre’s play “Dara”.
During the play, the students looked very happy and cheerful.
Shankar Musafir, the programme manager of the Millennium School, said the students on both sides of the border should be provided more opportunities for regular interaction. He said that such interactions were pivotal for building stronger bonds as rightly identified by the revolutionary Aman Ki Asha project.
Seema Gupta, a teacher, said the students were very keen to come to Pakistan and to meet their Pakistani friends. She maintained that the students got mixed up with each other and were enjoying here. She lauded the initiative taken by the two media groups of India and Pakistan, saying there was a need for others to follow their tracks. She said it was only through progressive communication and understanding each other at a human level, rather than politically, that we could shun the negative propaganda and strengthen our relationship.
Gurupdesh Singh, a grade-7 student, said he had made new friends in Pakistan. He said he had watched Lahore only on Pakistani TV channels and loved to be here. He maintained that he, along with other Indian students, would visit historical places of Lahore on Sunday.
Saru Kundra, a student of grade-7, said he was eager coming to Pakistan but he was missing all his friends who did not get visa.
Samash, a grade-8 student, said she found love from the Pakistani students and actively participated in the activities of the day. She said the visit had cleared many misconceptions regarding the Pakistanis and she now understood that all the negativity was wrongly reported.