The word “confluence” is defined as “the junction of two rivers, especially rivers of approximately equal width.” This is a beautiful analogy of India and Pakistan’s renewed peace efforts. And it seems there couldn’t be a better name then for the World Peace and Unity Festival that took place in Lucknow, India. Hosted by Mrs. Abha Anant, Principal City Montessori School (CMS) in Indira Nagar, Confluence 2012 was a four-day event that gathered students from around the world to partake in competitions that required their thoughts and efforts on building a better tomorrow. Students worked in teams and were judged on their art work, dance, debating skills, dramatics and lastly, campaigning skills in what’s called The UN Crusades. Teams of students prepared campaigns on Countering Climate Change, Promoting Gender Equality, Fighting Child Abuse, Polio Immunization and Poverty Reduction.
Nine students of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School from Rawalpindi and Islamabad boarded the bus from Lahore to Delhi on November 6 to partake in this festival. These six girls and three boys had been preparing for this event for the last month with their teachers, all the while holding their breath and keeping their fingers crossed for their visas to come through. When the visas finally arrived on November 1, their jubilation was heartwarming!
Since 2009, SLS School has been involved in Aao Dosti Karein, a peace and unity letter-writing project between students of SLS and CMS to break stereotypes and preconceived notions between the youth of the two nations. Even though snail mail can be slow and unreliable, the project is successfully continuing into its fourth year.
SLS School and CMS Lucknow firmly believe in the social responsibility of schools in bringing up a generation who will work towards peace and non-violence. As these two schools and their students are making friendships across the border, and as more and more people are joining the causes of Aman Ki Asha and Romancing the Border (RTB), one can only feel hope for the future.