Children’s Literature Festival starts today

ISLAMABAD: The first ever Teachers Literature Festival (TLF) was held in Islamabad on Thursday which was attended by more than 5,000 teachers, while a two-day Children’s Literature Festival (CLF) starts today (Friday).Both the events are jointly organised by the Oxford University Press and Idara-e Taleem-o-Aagahi, in collaboration with the Open Society Foundation and Federal College of Education. Art of reading with expression, understanding Faiz Ahmed Faiz, nurturing creativity in children’s, protecting Pakistani culture, literature and language, Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah (Tasveeri Kahani), teachers’ voices, Heer Ranjha, Bacha Bawarchi were the TLF’s topics for interactive sessions. Kishwar Naheed, Rumana Husain, Ilona Yousuf, Adeel Hashmi, Ameena Saiyid, Helen Kamal, Baela Raza Jmail and Mosharraf Zaidi were some of the participants of the ILF.The two-day CLF is being inaugurated today by the EU’s Ambassador to Pakistan Pierre Mayaudon, and author Haseena Moin. The inauguration would be followed by daylong activities, including puppet show by Farooq Qaiser. At CLF, some of the topics selected for discussion include storytelling for peace, prose for critical thinking, cross-border correspondence between Indian and Pakistani students, a talk on Quaid-e-Azam, reaching out to children’s through films, curriculum and textbooks, how to write short stories, promoting libraries and reading through innovations in Pakistan. According to the organisers, arrangements for around 5,000 teachers and 20,000 children’s are made by the Federal College of Education.

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