If you haven’t heard, LUMS came in first place at a competition in Washington DC called P2P: Challenging Extremism which was hosted by the US Department of State. There were teams from 45 different countries, including the US, but the folks from LUMS came out on top.
“Fate: From Apathy to Empathy” is a campaign that the students of LUMS started to raise awareness and action against extremism.
During the competition, teams developed campaigns and social media strategies that they believe would resonate with communities around the world and help in curtailing extremism around the world.
The team from LUMS not only came in first place (woot woot), but they also won $5,000 to expand their project “Fate: From Apathy to Empathy” into the local community.
FATE seeks to take a stand against hatred, violence and extremism through solidarity, peace and love.
The students from LUMS want to be a driving force against the indifference that seems to have permeated through Pakistan’s society as a result of over-exposure to news of death and insurgency (thank you media companies of Pakistan). The folks from FATE believe that the youth of Pakistan (yes, you) can and should become the agents of change against intolerance and extremism in Pakistan.
Well done folks. You haven’t just made LUMS proud, you’ve made us all proud.
Now let’s get to working and not remain passive to all the things that go on around us. #IChallengeExtremism