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BPP Update!

The BPP has officially begun! As you might all remember, the “Building Peace Project” aims at bringing the youth from different countries to come together to dialogue with each other and to build peace. Our flagship initiative will be launched with participants from India and Pakistan.

Each participant from one country will be paired with a participant from the other country. For a year, they will be brought together to communicate and dialogue with each other. These exchanges will be via postal mail, e-mail, Skype, Whatsapp and other technology driven communication applications subject to preference, availability, ease and convenience of the participants themselves. While the participants will be free to discuss, bond over and share anything they want to, a simple curriculum will be created so that they get to discuss some relevant and pressing issues that will culminate in understanding each other and in building peace with each other.

Our participants for this year are listed below. Stop by their Peace Journals to know what they've been sharing about their individual peacebuilding progress!

Rouble and Salma: www.roubleandsalma.blogspot.com
Nidhi and Sehr: www.nidhiandsehr.blogspot.com
Esha and Shughla: www.eshaandshughla.blogspot.com
Parmeet and Atif: www.parmeetandatif.blogspot.com
Harshvardhan and Hafiz Ali: www.harshvardhanandhafiz.blogspot.com
Ishan and Uzair: www.ishananduzair.blogspot.com
Bhaskar and Ahsan: www.bhaskarandahsan.blogspot.com
Chintan and Sheharyar: www.chintanandsheharyar.blogspot.com
Aakash and Fatiq: www.aakashandfatiq.blogspot.com

This story was written for World Pulse’s Women Weave the Web Digital Action Campaign. Learn more »

Comments

AngelHeart's picture

What a powerful idea

What a beautifully powerful yet simple way to connect children while they are still open minded. I think making personal connections is the only way to deconstruct the us vs. them mentality... putting a personal face on the larger group to break down stereotypes. I experienced a version of this while in elementary school by being paired with a penpal on the west coast. It is 35 years later and we are still friends. This project is a symbol of hope. Thank you.

Alithea Gailliot, LMBT
Owner/Myofascial Release Therapist
Mind the Body Therapies, Inc

Kristina M's picture

Great idea

I remember participating in a pen pal program that matched kids from different countries with similar interests when I was growing up. Although we had postal mail as our only option, it was interesting to learn where our lives were similar and different even though we were half a world away. I wish you much success with this program and hope the participants enjoy getting to know one another.

Kristina

Tam's picture

What Hope This Inspires

This inspires such hope. I have begun to read some of the Peace Journals, and they are so beautiful and wise, just as elephants are. It is very exciting to imagine these connections growing and flourishing, and to see in practice peace being maintained by strong, loving bonds. May the lovely energy of these red elephants live on and flourish, and may we all carry the red elephant close to our hearts.

With Love, Tam

TheRedElephant's picture

Thank you all!

Thank you all!

noreez's picture

Wonderful concept and effort.

Wonderful concept and effort. Good luck!

Dr.Noriah Ismail
APB Senior Lecturer
Universiti Teknologi MARA
Segamat, Johor
Malaysia

Rachel J's picture

Fantastic!

This is such a great tool for bonding and building peace. I really admire the focus on youth so that these youngsters can have dialogues with others and have a platform for building lasting relationships. Such connections will give these children a sense of responsibility and compassion, and will serve them well as they enter into adulthood and become peacemakers in the world. To friendship and kindness,

Rachel

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