Changing the World: One Student’s Mission to Raise Awareness
By: Aidan T.
From the city of Peshawar, Pakistan to the sandy shores of Duxbury Massachusetts, Tabish S. is spreading his message. From November 6th to the 22nd, Tabish gave 46 presentations about the culture of his home country, Pakistan.
For Tabish, teaching people about Pakistan is personal. “My ultimate goal is to tell people what they see on T.V. or hear about Muslims is not really true.” Tabish said, “Not all terrorists are Muslims.” Tabish has been spreading his message via a verse from the Holy Quran, “If any one killed a person, it would be as if he killed the whole of mankind; and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole of mankind.”
Pakistan is not only Tabish’s home country; it is what makes him feel unique. “Pakistan is my identity,”said Tabish. “Pakistan is the reason I am [in Duxbury], and that makes me proud.”
The week of November 16th through the 22nd was International Education Week. Tabish, along with the other foreign exchange students, gave presentations about their respective country and culture. “During this week, the exchange students were expected to deliver as many presentations about their country as possible. I did 46 presentations in Alden School, Duxbury High, and BC high School and some other places,” Tabish said.
Tabish has enjoyed his time in America very much. “My experience in Duxbury so far has been amazing,” Tabish said. “I grew up in a big city in Pakistan, but I always wanted to have an experience of how life is in a small town like Duxbury.”
Tabish said that his home city of Peshawar, and Duxbury couldn’t be more different. “I came from a city called Peshawar and its population is approximately 983,000… The climate is different, the houses are different… everything is different except the nature of the people. The people of Peshawar are as friendly as the people of Duxbury.”
As far as American and Pakistani culture is concerned, Tabish said that there are few similarities. “Almost everything is different between the two cultures. Schools, marriages, food, temperature, houses, clothing, festivals and a lot of other things are different. People like to eat spicy food there, wear clothing that is usually long in length, marriages are usually arranged; but the woman’s opinion on marriage is given importance.”
For DHS students, Tabish’s message has been heard loud and clear. “I think that what he’s doing is amazing,” said junior Emily M.. “He’s educating us on a culture that we don’t see a lot of in Duxbury and by doing that, he’s really making a difference.” Junior Tyler W.
said, “ I think that his message is making people really think about their pre-conceived notions. It’s really amazing.”
Tabish has enjoyed his time in America and said that his favorite part was his visit to New York. “I went to New York City last month and fell in love with the city. Walking in Times Square was my favorite part of being in the states,” Tabish said.