Just imagine how you would feel when someone across the globe says ‘assalam-u-alaikum’ to you? Surprised, exuberant, happy, eager or even proud? Wouldn’t you be amazed if that someone was sacrificing his sleep, even after a day’s hard work just to talk to you? Indeed yes! And that is exactly what we felt on the morning of 21st September, also known as peace one day.
On that day we, the students and teachers of Jaffar public school collaborated and shared, with the students of south Medford high school, Oregon, our perspective about peace, via a video conference. It started with two people shaking their hands; one painted with the flag of Pakistan, and the other with the flag the United. Then we introduced ourselves to each other and discussed quotes and poetry about peace. Peace, according to Martin Luther king is not a goal to be sought, it’s a mean by which we arrive at that goal. It cannot be brought about by a single mans efforts either, corporation is the key.
Moreover, we also decorated a board, by covering it with posters of peace and prosperity and showed it to the respective school. They presented us with t-shirts painted with peace symbols and flags of Pakistan and USA. An interesting thing was that they had also learned welcome and farewell greetings in the Urdu language, and had written ‘Salam’ on their shirts. It was very impressive to see them say ‘assalam-u-alaikum’ and ‘khuda-hafiz’. A girl from the respective school had also painted her nails with the flags of various countries, including Pakistan and US. Just to show that the whole world should work together towards peace and not let the various differences between them create conflict.
The students were very kind and considerate. They were moved by our conversation. One girl specially remarked that, ‘you are so brave to be still firm when your country is going through such a hard time.’ They gave their sympathy, and offered to provide help for the flood victims too. We also showed our condolences for the tornado that had struck places in US and has caused much damage.
‘It is not enough to talk about peace, one must believe it, and it is not enough to believe it, one must work for it’ –Eleanor Roosevelt
Thus, our conversation with the students of Medford high, made us realize that it was not the end of the world, and there were still some people who believed in bringing about a change, and so made efforts to establish peace in the land.