KARACHI – Idara-e-Taleem-O-Agahi hold a roundtable session with the board members of Chidlren’s Literature Festival in collaboration with Department of Education & Literacy, Government of Sindh which was attended by leading educational experts and researchers. The roundtable was convened to deliberate on the impact of the recent regional Children’s Literature Festival held in Hyderabad on December 16 & 17.
CLF Coordinator, Sehrish Farooq in her opening remarks informed that Hyderabad CLF made powerful dent in the rigid walled schooling as it afforded opportunities for young and teen students to experience whole new world.
“The facilities for our students to making choices in selecting the sessions of their interest indicates interesting phenomenon, they are making intelligent decisions”, the research study head shares the initial findings. He highlighted the fact that CLFs are instrumental in creating culture of libraries and reading in government schools.
Mumtaz Pirzada, provincial head, ITA, stated that the 02-day long festival was heavily attended. Students’participation in thousands from public sector schools relive the hope in the government schools. Oxford University Press Representative reaffirmed their committment to support such initiatives. Earlier on, Rasool Shah, Director Schools informed that Education &Literacy Department (E&LD) has a clear road map to increase literacyand improve reading levels in the children of the province and funding these events sustains our pledge t bring abut quality changes in the school education.
Recounting the rejoicing experience, the co-host, Qazi Shahid Pervaiz, Commissioner, Hyderabad mentioned that he admires the approach of ITA and CLF team.“The workshop rooms were named in interesting manner, such as, “Qaleech JoBagh, Kishinchand Bewas Ji Otaaq, Qacho Qillofor live performances”, he added. The idea to name the rooms for the sessions after renowned but dwindled literary figures would help the children to familiarize with them. “The organizers of the CLF Hyderabad completely revamped the façade of the Public School with animated atmposphere at the venue. The buntings and balloons, clourful streamers and draping banners charmed the audience”, the principal Public School shared with exhiliration.
RumanaHussain, the director CLF, informed the audience that CLF Hyderabad crated host of sessions covering wide range of literary and reading aspects. The two days included story telling sessions by WafaMaulaBux ,NasirGul,Zaib Sindhi, Ali Dost Aijaz. Magic Show , theatre performance by Education and Literacy Department (E&LD) and Public School Hyderabad, poetic story by Zaib Nizamani, Panel discussions by Taj Joyo, Mehmood Mughal, YasirQazi, Dr.MakhmoorBukhari, Dr.GhafoorMemom and NaseerMirza. Live painting by the students of UOA and SaeedMangi and clay work by GhulamHaider added value to the ambience of this learning packed gala. Interactive and engaging session titled ‘Science experiments” captivated teachers, parents and students equally.
Oxford University Press (OUP) designed exclusive sessions for students of the art of bookmaking and storytelling. Khalid Anum also conducted the lively session on Kitabon se Dosti.
Initial findings of the study report that listening to interactive reading, dramatic readings and storytelling sessions are enabling students to connect their learning more meaningfully. The researchers informed that CLFs have connected students with literature beyond their closed-wall classroom learning.
Over 70,000 children have been inspired and thousands of their teachers been educated on new mediums of instructions. BaelaRazaJamil,trustee and advisor,Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA), and founder of Children’s Literature Festival (CLF) expressed with great delight, “Over 8,000 children have attended the two day festival. It is very encouraging to see all these young faces excited to broaden their knowledge. She mentioned that her dream came true by reaching out to the kids of remote areas of this region.