Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) won the first prize in the final presentation of “P2P: Challenging Extremism” competition at the US Department of State.
“Pakistan’s project ‘Fate: From apathy to empathy’ took first place and won $5,000 to expand their campaign within their local community,” US Consulate General Lahore wrote on its Facebook page.
University students from around the world, including Switzerland and the United States, developed campaigns and social media strategies against violent extremism that are credible, authentic, and believable to their peers and resonate within their communities.
LUMS Assistant Professor Taimur Rahman also confirmed the news on his Facebook account.
Earlier, Karachi Grammar School (KGS) won the best international delegation award, while The Lyceum bagged the best small delegation award at the Harvard Model United Nations (HMUN), 2016 which was held in Boston, United States.
Over 3,000 delegates and 300 faculty advisers representing over 199 countries participated in the MUN, debating issues of international importance. The 63rd HMUN session was held from Thursday, January 28, to Sunday, January 31, at the Sheraton Boston Hotel under the guidance of a staff comprising more than 200 Harvard University undergraduates.
Other Pakistani schools that attended HMUN included Aitchison College from Lahore and Roots Millennium from Islamabad.
HMUN has three main delegation awards; Best Small Delegation, for teams with less than 10 members, Best Large Delegation, for teams with 10 or more members, and Best International Delegation.