KARACHI: A new learning initiative, Badal Dou, was launched by a consortium of seven organisations in Karachi on Monday. Through the initiative, hundreds of schools through their teachers from a cross section of society would be engaged and equipped with tools for inclusive learning. In a presentation to introduce the initiative, the Badal Dou team paid tribute to luminaries like Late Prof Anita Ghulam Ali, Dr Akhtar Hameed Khan, Dr Hamida Khuhro, Dina Mistry, Bishop Lobo, Sister Mary Emily, Gool Minwala, Fatima Surriya Bajiya, Professor Karrar Hussain and others and explained that the initiative drew inspiration from these towering personalities. Badal Dou aims to take their vision and mission forward by piloting this initiative to foster plurality, inclusion, peace and tolerance in society, besides imparting good civic sense. The launch was attended by hundreds of schoolteachers who will act as change-makers by taking the benefits to at least 10,000 students during the yearlong programme. The consortium partners answered questions about how – by the use of experiential learning, interactive teaching methods using a mix of teacher training modules and, creative approaches, collaborative spaces and mediums of theatre, arts and music – they aspire to involve everyone. At the launch, Shallum Xavier, Khurram Iqbal and Alicia Dias performed the Badal Dou anthem and theatre group ZAHRSSS presented a motivational play. The seven partners of Badal Dou are AzCorp Entertainment, Society for International Education (SIE), Pak-American Cultural Centre (PACC), Teachers’ Resource Centre (TRC), Children’s Museum for Peace and Human Rights (CMPHR), the School of Writing (TSW) and Mind Map Communications (MMC).