Seeds of Peace: A New Generation of Leaders

Since 1993, Seeds of Peace has inspired and equipped new generations of leaders in regions of conflict with the relationships, knowledge, and skills needed to effect practical economic, social, and political change in ways that advance peace. Since 2001, this has included work in Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan. Seeds of Peace has nearly 500 teens and educators in South Asia that have been through the Seeds of Peace Camp, and thousands more that have participated in or benefitted from outreach efforts and local impact projects.

Seeds of Peace focuses on two key groups of people-youth and educators-who wield particular significance and power in peace-building efforts. In South Asia, youth typically represent more than half the total population and have proven to be drivers of both conflict and peace. Seeds of Peace alumni are now working in their communities and across the world to transform conflict, including leading initiatives in education, media, business, policy, and other sectors that leverage their unique relationships and skills to create change.

One such Seeds of Peace alumnus is Qasim Aslam, who created The History Project, a Pakistani education organization focused on creating a global citizenry tolerant of difference and equipped with the ability to think critically about the abundant rhetoric of intolerance. Qasim is an Acumen Fellow, a tech entrepreneur, a partner at Arbisoft, a graduate of LUMS in Lahore, an Asia21 Emerging Leader, and a nominee as one of 30 under 30 leaders that are changing classrooms, by the International Literacy Association.

The mission of The History Project is to introduce students in their formative years to competing narratives of national textbook history and help them develop an understanding of the historical context of identity, while building their capacity to become independent critical thinkers.

Created in collaboration with a former Harvard professor, The History Project has developed a series of offerings that inspires empathy and critical independent thinking delivered through active learning workshops and programs. THP’s Beyond the Classroom Programs are offered year round as a parallel system to the conventional system of education delivered through activity based learning experiences delivering results.

In a few short years, over 2500 students in 50 of the top schools across Pakistan have been participants in these programs and, they have developed a model where students and their families pay for participation. This has allowed The History Project to significantly scale the organization as a social venture, reaching more students and schools. Learn more about their teaching philosophy and approach here.