Karachi: The last day of the 11th Children’s Literature Festival held at the Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi came to an end with the attendance of over 20,000 children/parents/teachers. CLF which is an equalizer and has become a social movement saw the participation from ALL school systems including participation of special children and children from conflict areas like Lyari, Korangi and Ibrahim Haderi.
Organised by Idara-e-Taleem-O-Aagahi (ITA), Oxford University Press, Karachi Youth Initiative and Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi, this was the first mega CLF in Karachi.
Story-telling session in every language including Sindhi, Balochi, Pashto, Gujarati, Urdu and English took place in Dastaan Sara’ay which was packed with children.
Baela Raza Jamil, Director Programs Idara e Taleem O Aagahi said, “We want to revive the culture of book reading among children and parents which could only by possible by engaging them into multi-sensory activities. The feedback of the parents, teachers and children is amazing and we will keep on organizing such festivals in future as well’.
With an aim to unlock the power of reading, the day had included various colourful activities like Music Session with Khaled Anam, Theatre Plays like Ali Baba and Chalees Chor, Chilghozay aur Mozay ,Choti Moti Tota aur S.M. Hamid, Toffee TV: Kahani Time and Sing a Song and Puppet Show.
Various Plenaries were also the part of the day like Plenary Role of youth and innovations to promote readings and libraries in urban areas.
Writer, Rumana Hussain said that she feel herself contented by working for children and writing stories for them.
Multi sensory stalls like by Sindh Education Foundation, Tentative Collective, Fauzia Minallah, Khuda Bux Abro and Artprenuers for Change grabbed the audience of loads of children.
The CLF team put all its efforts to cover every aspect related to children’s education which is evident from the sessions held like Toffee TV: Kahani Time and Sing a Song, Charter of Compassion, Session on ICT.
CLF reinforced its tradition of book launches through the book launching ceremonies of books like Biloongra Series, The Year of Quail, Ines Robert ki Diary and an Itinerant Observor: A Multimedia Book Launch/Discussion and Reading of Excerpts by Asad Mian, Tasveeri Kahanian Series: Begum Rana Liaquat Lai Khan and Faiz Ahmed Faiz by Rumana Hussain, Hakeem Said by Farhat Jahan, Chalo Farm Chalo by Sara Sitwat, A Magical Tale About Pakistan by Asma Sikander and Digital Story: Amai, The Bird of Light by Fouzia Minallah.
The open air grounds of Arts Council were changed into fun filled activities areas by HBL, Citizens Archive of Pakistan CAP, Education Fund for Sindh and Idara e Taleem O Aagahi.
Bolkay Lab Azaad HainTeray was the activity arranged by ITA for young kids who spoke out their hearts loud. Children also bought their favourite books from the Books Stalls and enjoyed the food item at CLF Dhaba.
The festival ended with the hope that CLF will be implemented in every school of Pakistan so that many more young authors are discovered.
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