Thursday, May 13, 2010

CJM in a Student Exchange Programme

Convent of Jesus and Mary was one of the three schools from Pakistan invited to participate in the Student Exchange Programme organized by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. This council was founded by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad in 1950, with the aim to promote cultural and intellectual exchange between countries. Sister Pilar and Ms Shezra Mansab accompanied Meera Mehmood, Sara Tahir and Anoop Hafiz. It was a multidirectional exchange, providing teachers and students the opportunity to experience the diversity and richness of Indian culture, and exchange views with the other SAARC countries about their educational systems. This interaction becomes increasingly important in today’s world, when the local and the global impinge upon each other at all levels: social, economic, political and cultural. Crossing boundaries creates new avenues for exploring and widening our cultural heritage and expanding our infosphere.

One of the participants from CJM wrote:

"Our visit to India remains a great learning experience. Socio-cultural similarity coupled with astonishing, interactional enthusiasm induced pleasant feelings between the neighbouring countries.
During this trip, we had the opportunity to visit Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. All these three cultural capitals made us appreciate the rich traditions of India. We had an interesting cultural contact while living with our respective host families.
A meeting with the Governor of Rajistan triggered a new confidence among us students. We salute the Pakistani and Indian governments, along with ICCR to organize this memorable visit to the heart of India.
Thanks CJM, Lahore
Anoop Hafeez"

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