Ideologically motivated school curricula, particularly in the discipline of history, teach children to be intolerant and prejudiced towards targeted groups (intro video). This leads to spillovers in attitudes and behaviours towards different groups within Indian and Pakistani societies.
Led by Cambridge MBA Ayyaz Ahmad and Acumen Fellow Qasim Aslam, the initiative has been lauded by names like The Huffington Post, Al Jazeera and Devex. They've devised a 5 week course and have successfully piloted it in two chains of schools (one in India and one in Pakistan) and are now looking to connect with more schools to expand outreach.
The History Project, an educational entity based out of Cambridge (UK) and a member of Cambridge Social Ventures, juxtaposes competing history narratives to shake the notion of a rigid right / wrong in the minds of students in their formative years and, in collaboration with a former Harvard professor, has developed curriculum that inspires empathy and critical thinking amongst them.
Led by Cambridge graduate Ayyaz Ahmad, and Asia21 Emerging Leader, Qasim Aslam, THP has established a positive impact in an attitudinal change amongst students towards marginalised and 'otherized' groups through M&E run by Asad Liaqat (PhD candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School) under the supervision of Dr. Asim Khwaja (Professor of Finance and Development at the Kennedy School).
The History Project's Beyond The Classroom accelerated learning program has been adopted by establishedinternational schools, and we are now looking forward to connect with more schools to broaden the impact.