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School Day 24: About India-Pakistan link-up
Composite of school children in Delhi and Pakistan taking part in the link-up

Indian students linked up with pupils at a Pakistani school to share perspectives about their countries' past and look at the differences in their respective history textbooks about the period before 1947 when both nations were one.

India gained independence on 15 August, 1947. A new country, Pakistan, was also born on that day. Until 1947 they were one nation fighting together to end British rule. But this same freedom struggle is taught differently.

India and Pakistan

Although both countries share a common history, youngsters are reading it with different perspectives. The link-up will ask: how can citizens of both countries expect to be friends when books instill a sense of rivalry?

India and Pakistan have fought three full fledged wars in 1948, 1965 and 1971 and also had a direct conflict in 1999. Kashmir, a mountainous region, has been a flashpoint between India and Pakistan for more than five decades.

Click on the links below to read more about the schools that took part.

Kendriya Vidyalaya, Delhi, India

Indian children in Delhi
Children can choose whether to be taught in Hindi or English

Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV), formerly known as Central School, has more than 929 branches spread across India as well as institutions in Kathmandu, Tehran and Moscow.

Started in 1965, the school underwent a change in recent years to reflect Indian values. This included an emphasis on Hindi and Sanskrit in the curriculum.

Students can choose to take up either English or Hindi as their medium of instruction.

Although the school was initially established for children of government employees, the co-educational institution instils values of equality among all its students.

Indian students
The school changed recently to reflect Indian values

KV teaches nearly one million of its pupils to be secular.

Along with academics, extra-curricular activities are a vital part of the students' lives. From a young age activities and interactive methods of teaching are used to stimulate young minds. Whether it is debates, arts and crafts or dance and music, they are given as much importance as studies.

Children are exposed to a lot of physical activity whether it is popular sports like cricket and football, or yoga for relaxation.

Meet a pupil:

Meenaxi, class 10
I am excited that I am going to get the opportunity to interact with students in Pakistan. I would like to find out how they study and about their teachers.

Crescent Model School, Lahore, Pakistan

Crescent Model School is in the heart of the Pakistani city of Lahore.

Children dressed up in Lahore, Pakistan
The school offers many extra-curricular activities

The school has two branches both for boys and girls. The total number of students in both branches is about 4,600, of whom 1,500 are girls.

The school is run by a private trust catering to middle class children. Established in 1968, the school is reputed for its academic as well as extra-curricular achievements.

The school follows the Lahore Board curriculum but also runs classes for pupils who are interested in taking O-level examinations.

In recent years more and more students, who can afford to, have opted to take O-level and A-level examinations instead of the high school exams conducted by local education boards.

Students studying at Lahore school
Students can choose between English and Urdu

The school has good sports facilities and children have performed especially well in swimming competitions.

Although the medium of instruction is English, subjects such as History, Geography and Islamic Studies are taught in Urdu as well.

Students also read Urdu as their first language. The school also conducts debate and poetry competitions in which students can choose between English and Urdu.

Meet the pupils:

Sarin
I am interested in Indian culture and would like to know what students of my age read in India.

Waleed
I feel that by talking to Indian students, on my level, I would be contributing to the ongoing peace process between India and Pakistan.

Sarin and Waleed have been at the school for 10 years. They will be taking O-level exams in the summer of 2007. Both have never communicated with an Indian before and so are looking forward to such an opportunity.




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