Here is a description of the proposals that were selected as Alumnae Peace Projects:
i. Anger Management Program for Teenagers (Karachi University; Syed Arsalan Rizvi):
This proposed intervention aims at helping 50 school-going teenagers between the ages of 15 – 17 understand essential life skills such as to assertiveness (rather than violence), basic conflict resolution and mediation.
ii. Youth Jirga (Peshawar University):
Under this proposed project, students hailing from the conflict prone tribal areas of Pakistan have proposed to use the age-old collective decision-making tool, i.e. jirga to reach out to the tribal youth with the message of peace building and countering hate based narratives. The PYCA volunteers will visit internally displace people and record their perspective through focused group discussions.
iii. Clean up Campaign (University of Sindh, Mirpurkhas Campus; Muhammad Boota):
Through this project, volunteer students will carry out clean-up campaigns in selected locations such as a public parks and their university campus. During the clean-up campaign participants will install waste bins display peace messages at central locations. Since, interior Sindh has a sizable population of people belonging to the Hindu faith, this activity will allow young people to work as a team irrespective of their religious beliefs. On the other hand, the waste bins with peace messages will continue to reinforce the importance of peace and harmony in the community much after the activity has concluded.
iv. Peace Week (National Defence University, Islamabad; Kashif Zaheer):
Seven days of activism to promote peace in the Pakistani society will be observed. During the seven days of activism, essay competitions, video blogging and seminars will be held at the NDU campus while a peace walk will be held outside the campus inviting citizens belong to all walks of life. Build liaison with 5 – 10 schools in Islamabad to hold a poster making and essay competition with their students on the subject of peace-building, religious/sectarian harmony and tolerance.
v. Peace Archives (Karachi University; Aamnah Kareem):
A campaign video-making competition focused on peace building, religious/sectarian harmony and creating tolerance in the society along with a social media portal that celebrates diversity.
vi. Essay Writing and Speech Competition (Balochistan; Afaq Welfare Society; Wajahat Rehman):
Students from all across district Balochistan will be invited to send in their contributions to take part in an essay writing and speech competition focusing on peace-building and sectarian harmony. The District Coordinating Officer for Quetta (i.e. head of district administration) and senior faculty members from local universities will take part in the prize distribution ceremony as a sign of their endorsement for the greater cause of peace. The presence of such community gate keepers will go a long way in ensuring that the activity is not limited to a mere competition but the key messages of peace and harmony are widely shared and accepted by local youth.
vii. Branding of Local Transport ( Zenub Baber, Institute of Policy Studies):
Fostering peace through car stickers that will propagate messages of peaceful coexistence. Through this activity not only will at least a 200,000 people receive messages of peace but continued interaction with branded vehicles will ensure daily reinforcement for thousands each day.
viii. Posters for Peace (Superior University Campus; Nirmal Aman):
A poster making competition on the theme of peace building will be held at a girls’ school. The top 3 posters will later be adopted by PYCA and widely disseminated in at least 50 educational institutions (schools, colleges and universities) across Pakistan.
ix. Graffiti (Superior University, Lahore; Usman Yosuf):
A wall inside Superior University Lahore will be painted with peace messages and graffiti promoting harmony. The graffiti will focus on sectarian and intra-faith harmony as well as the importance of a more progressive society. The painted wall will serve to reinforce key messages of peace for the students and visitors alike.
x. Peace Exhibition (Superior University; Tehmina Ali):
Students will develop and put on display models exhibiting the history of peace building and various initiatives (such as the United Nations) that have served as milestones for global peace. The 2-day peace exhibition will be hosted at the campus of Superior University and will be open for students from other institutes across the city.
xi. Peace Bags (Superior University, Lahore):
Students will develop and distribute shopping bags with peace messages on them in 4 – 5 major shopping centres of Lahore.
xii. Blogging Weekend (IM Sciences, Peshawar; Muhammad Zeeshan):
Students from 4 public schools of KPK province will be engaged in learning story-telling and blogging skills to propagate peace through the Social Media.
xiii. Empowering Girls for Peace-building (IM Sciences, Peshawar; Muhammad Kashif):
In the remote Pushtun village of Maine in Malakand district, a week-long campaign (including community meetings and door-to-door awareness raising) will be conducted to encourage the local people to send their home-bound girl-children to schools. The project will not merely aim to empower girls through education but acceptance of female education is a step towards a progressive, less extremist society
xiv. Peace Messages Across the Campus (University of Hazara; Neelum Chanab):
The entire university campus will be adorned with plaques on which peace messages will be displayed. These will be placed across all campus building in a conspicuous way to ensure maximum visibility and constant reinforcement.
xv. Revival of Historical Artefacts (University of Hazara; Tehmash Khan):
The historical remnants from the era of King Ashoka will be cleaned and preserved (using the support of the Faculty of Archaeology). This exercise will serve to revive the cultural heritage of Pakistan, help develop a sense of ownership in the community and will allow students belonging to various castes, religions and ethnicities to carry out this activity collectively.