All set for children literature festival

All set for children literature festival
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Karachi: The 11th Children Literature Festival (CLF) along with the first Teachers Literature Festival (TLF) will take place in Karachi on February 20-22 at the Arts Council of Pakistan, for which arrangements have already been finalized 
CLF Karachi will be organized by Idara-e-Taleem-O-Aagahi (ITA) and, Oxford University Press (OUP) in collaboration with Open Society Foundations (OSF), Karachi Youth Initative ( KYI), Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi,  and Education and Literacy Department, Government of Sindh. Founded by Baela Raza Jamil of Idara-e-Taleem-O-Aagahi (ITA) and co-founded by Ameena Saiyid, of the Oxford University Press (OUP) in collaboration with Open Society Foundations (OSF), it is a social movement in response to low levels of learning in Pakistan (ASER 2009-2013) to promote reading, creative writing, and critical thinking across Pakistan and beyond (www.childrensliteraturefestival.com). 
In Karachi the CLF will launch the first one- day Teachers Literature Festival (TLF) on 20th February 2014 to engage with 2000 teachers on core concepts and practices of CLFs encouraging them to make their classrooms and schools implement them practically.  
On all each of the three days this is a free public event for all schools systems of Karachi and Sindh from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm of 14 learning multisensory programs to promote the culture of reading for creativity, imagination and stimulation beyond textbooks and tests. 
About 4000 teachers and 20,000 children are expected to attend the CLF/TLF.   
The unique poster for Karachi TLF/CLF has been designed by the artist famous artist, Khuda Bux Abro. 
Each hall/space of the Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi,  has been named after  classical and popular literature, authors, poets,  and characters, such as Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai, Kitab Ghar, Sheikh Chilli, Umro Ayyaar, Tot Batot,  Koh-e-Simorgh, Qissa Saray, Tota Khanani, Bagh-e-Shehrzade, Shahi-Guzar Gah and Kahani Ghar making them come alive in the imagination of children. 
Managing Director Oxford University Press Ameena Saiyid co-founder of CLF, Rumana Husain Director of the Children Literature Festival (CLF), Wajiha Naqvi of Karachi Youth Initiative, Mohammad Ahmed Shah President Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi and Maham Ali Coordinator, Children Literature Festival have said that the primary emphasis of the festival will be on children literature and for promoting reading habits. 
Over 20 books will be launched on Children Literature; story-telling in Urdu, Sindhi, Balochi, Pashto, Guajarati and English from simple narration to visual stimulation. 
Children will meet authors of children books, and participate in creative writing, illustrations and art workshops. Its magic all the way, said Rumana Husain at the press briefing.
Events such as the Children Literature Festivals and Teachers Literature Festivals are important as they promote a love of reading and books. Reading gives children different perspectives on life. It is empowering and helps them build decision-making skills, based on new information and perspectives. Reading connects children to each other and to wider worlds and ideas. It gives them insights into other cultures, and ways of thinking. It builds tolerance because it helps them understand and value the worlds diversity, heritage, and cultures. Reading makes children creative because it stimulates the imagination and encourages children to write and create their own work. Above all, reading promotes learning as it informs and develops skills of literacy, interpretation, and expression.
The Children Literature Festival was founded in collaboration with like-minded stakeholders including publishers, government, CSOs and corporate partners to explore large public spaces for learning. CLF has reached the level of popularity through support of eminent authors, poets, artists, actors, musicians, trainers etc. who have given their time free of cost in the spirit of giving back to society. To date over 100 such celebrities/institutions of all ages have joined hands with CLF.

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