CLF ends by crossing 30,000 milestone

* Children polish skills and talents by meeting celebrities

Islamabad: Children’s Literature Festival (CLF) closed after crossing the milestone figure of 30,000 participants and setting new records here at Federal College of Education featuring a galaxy of renowned and acclaimed literary celebrities, large number of writers, authors, poets and creative artists. Two-day festival was organized by Idara-e-Taleem-0-Aagahi along with Oxford University Press in collaboration with Open Society Foundations, European Union, HBL, Oxfam GB, Dubai Cares, Alif Ailaan, Federal College of Education H-9, Federal Directorate of Education, Capital Administration and Development Division.Children Literature Festival, this year presented a unique galaxy of talent and craftsmanship by rendering the big names of literature, acting, creative artists including Haseena Moin, Farooq Qaiser, Hamida Khuhro, Bakhtawar Shah from Kalaash, Chintan Girish Modi, Fauzia Minallah, Sehar Tariq, Rumana Husain, Nasim Zehra, Ayub Baloch, Mosharraf Zaidi, Khaled Anum, Nasreen Iqbal,Samar Minallah,  Ameena Saiyid, Bushra Shahab, Tahira Abdullah, Sheherzade Alam, Khursheed Hyder, Faisal Bari, Baela Raza Jamil, Asad Umar, Asad Mian and many more. The legendry celebrities marked their presence by portraying and sharing their skills and artistry in different interactive and packed sessions. Baela Raza Jamil while expressing her thoughts on the last day of CLF said that, “As always, CLF and TLF was not simply an experience beyond expectation in terms of numbers but also the engagement of children and teachers with learning through multi- sensory approaches and respecting the diversity and beauty of Pakistan.”Ameena Saiyid while talking about CLF success on this occasion said that “I am impressed by the children of Islamabad. They ask a lot of questions and challenge received wisdom.”“This is my third visit to Pakistan and I am delighted to be here. I am grateful to the Children’s Literature Festival for inviting me to Islamabad and creating this opportunity to interact with children and teachers around themes like storytelling, friendship and peace building,” said Chintan Girish Modi Educator, Writer, Researcher and  Founder Friendship across borders: Aao Dosti Karein; from Mumbai, India.  Last day of the 14th Children Festival was opened by renowned creative writer Farooq Qaiser (Uncle Sargam) by presenting his famous Puppet Show which was attended by a large number of children while the show was widely applauded by the audience. Pakistan’s renowned journalists and intellectuals including TV Anchor and Columnist Nasim Zehra, Mosharraf Zaidi, Tahira Abdullah, Ameena Saiyid participated in a conversation on the role of media in popularizing and unlocking the power of reading. The session was moderated by Faisal Bari. To discuss Friendship across the borders, Indian creative writer Chintan Girish Modi held a special session in which he shared his personal experiences with the children by urging them to contribute in peace and love. To raise awareness amongst children regarding natural disasters, CLF held a special session on its last day naming ‘When Nature strikes & Qudarti Haadsay’ in which Patrice Khan, and Lisa Lassaro discussed and share various aspects of self-protection. A unique session ‘Brokering Peace, Tolerance and Citizenship in our class rooms’ was held as well in which Chintan Modi, and other panelists described the importance of harmony in promoting peace in the country. Renowned historian and scholar Hamida Khuhro discussed ‘writing history books for children’ with Ameena Saiyid while for different age groups of children many session under the name ‘Bol Keh Lub Azad Hain Teray’ were arranged as well. During the festival children were provided the opportunities to attend different interactive sessions regarding, creative writing, poetry, painting, literature, drama, acting, and history along with different creative activities including Bacha Bawarchi, Gamification and Learning by a Jugnoo TV, Active Citizenship by Active Youth Organization while OUP managed special session regarding the Art of Book Making.14th CLF closing ceremony was held last evening which was addressed by Nasim Zehra and Hasina Moin and ITA head Baela Raza Jamil along with OUP MD Ameena Saiyid at this occasion while awards for best school banners were also distributed.

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