Pakistani Student to Speak on Peace and Islam
Date: 08/21/2017
Time: 07:00:00 PM
Description:

Former exchange student discusses Islam, peace and the real Pakistan.

Park Hall, 307 Polk St., Sauk City, at 7pm on Monday, Aug 21.

Sauk City, Wisconsin- Wahid Khan began working for peace between Pakistan and the US as an exchange student at Sauk Prairie High School in 2011. After 5 more years of studies in both countries, he will return to discuss his work on sustainable development, cultural understanding and environmental justice, on August 21 at Park Hall in Sauk City.

Growing up “on the roof of the world” in the mountains of northern Pakistan near the Afghani border, Wahid was selected into an exchange program designed by the U.S. government to develop mutual understanding with Muslim peoples, in the aftermath of 9-11. He lived for the 2011-12 school year with the family of Mike, Lisa and Angus Mossman of Leland, gave many presentations on his Pakistani home, and attended a United Nations-sponsored youth conference. At graduation, he received a standing ovation for his speech celebrating the diversity of culture and tolerance within our country and local community.

After returning to Pakistan, Wahid worked to bring a more stable and peaceful future to his home, for example as a representative in multinational youth assemblies, helping develop the liberal arts Habib University in Karachi, and starting a local organization to support the environment and native culture of his mountainous home province.

“Many world problems stem from our ignorance of one another. When young people from different persuasions or nations share perspectives face to face, it helps build understanding, trust and peace.”

At Park Hall, he will describe his work, the important role his Sauk Prairie community has played in it, and the “real” Pakistan, where people of different beliefs live in harmony, unlike what is commonly depicted in the media.

According to his host parents, “Wahid is a son to many of us in the Sauk Prairie area, who have supported his education and followed his efforts over the years. He is our ambassador. We are grateful for him and his Pakistani family, and we welcome him back.”

The presentation is hosted by the Free Congregation of Sauk County, which was established 165 years ago by freethinking German-speaking immigrants, in solidarity with people worldwide who share a love of freedom, equality, and opportunity. President Michael Whaley stated, “We are delighted to provide Wahid this opportunity to share his knowledge and experience, and so help to open our minds and hearts to our fellow journeyers in other lands and cultures.”

 
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