Hyderabad, December 20, 2016 (PPI-OT):The 02-day long festival attracts thousands of young and teen learners from every nook and corner of Hyderabad division. Throngs of students’ participation from public sector schools relive the hope in the government schools. “We yearn for such events as they help us learn better” A student from Government Boys High School shared his views.
Children’s Literature Festival (CLF) began here on Friday with the inaugural session in Public School Hyderabad. The colourful performance by young students set the tone for the event. In the opening remarks the Qazi Shahid Pervaiz Commissioner Hyderabad who was the chief guest reaffirmed his commitment to bring back literary life to Hyderabad by curating such events as part of our vision.
Earlier on, Rasool Shah, Director Schools expressed that Education and Literacy Department (E and LD) has a clear road map to increase literacy and improve reading levels in the children of the province. The organizers of the CLF Hyderabad has completely revamped the façade of the Public School with animated atmosphere at the venue.
The buntings and balloons and colourful streamers and draping banners charmed the audience. The workshop rooms were named in interesting manner, such as, “Qaleech Jo Bagh, Kishinchand Bewas Ji Otaaq, Qacho Qillo for live performances ‘The idea to name the rooms for the sessions after renowned but dwindled literary figures is an effort to introduce them to our digital children’s”, Mumtaz Pirzada told the reporter.
CLF brought a host of sessions covering wide range of literary and reading aspects. The two days included story telling sessions by Wafa Maula Bux, Nasir Gul, Zaib Sindhi, Ali Dost Aijaz. Magic Show, theatre performance by Education and Literacy Department (E and LD) and Public School Hyderabad, poetic story by Zaib Nizamani, Panel discussions by Taj Joyo, Mehmood Mughal, Yasir Qazi, Dr. Makhmoor Bukhari, Dr. Ghafoor Memon and Naseer Mirza.
Live painting by the students of UOA and Saeed Mangi and clay work by Ghulam Haider added value to the ambience of this learning packed gala. Interactive and engaging session titled ‘Science experiments” captivated teachers, parents and students. ‘I am literally going crazy to see such opportunities for my children’ a happy parent remarked in excitement. Oxford University Press (OUP) designed exclusive sessions for students of the art of bookmaking and storytelling. Khalid Anem also conducted a session on Kitabon se Dosti for children.
“I found the CLF Hyderabad very impressive. The children participated and responded whole heartedly. Though the heat was oppressive it did not dampen their spirits. What I have noticed in all the story telling sessions, which are numerous by now, that children love to hear stories, thus if they are guided properly by their teachers their love for reading books will definitely increase,” said Munawar Mahesar Deputy Commissioner Jamshoro.
“Even though this is the 29th Children Literature Festival (CLF) in five years, it’s a landmark CLF, as the Hyderabad Festival is the first to be held in Hyderabad. Not only that, it is supported by the Education and Literacy Department, Government of Sindh. We are extremely pleased with this department,” said Rumana Hussain Author and Member Board of Directors CLF.
Shoaib Memon, the chief organizer informed that Over 8000 children attended the event which is the herald of new beginning for our future generations. Baela Raza Jamil the Trustee and Advisor of Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA), 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. This is a dream come true that we have managed two amazing days in Hyderabad.’
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School Reading Program,
Children’s Literature Festival (CLF)