A global citizenry tolerant of differences and equipped with the ability to think critically about history and identity.



To teach history to students in their formative years to understand multiple narratives of history and the historical context of their identity.

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.

With the book launched at Harvard and curriculum devised in collaboration with former Harvard faculty, The History Project intervention cultivates understanding of a multiplicity of narratives and reduces intolerance and prejudice by fostering empathy & critical thinking amongst students in their formative years.

Led by 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 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.

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