Children’s Literature Festival from 24th
ISLAMABAD: The two-day 6th Children’s Literature Festival (CLF) in Pakistan will be held on May 24-25, 2013 at Pak- China Friendship Centre.
Ameena Saiyid of Oxford University Press (OUP), Bela Raza Jamil of Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) and Nargis Sultana of Foundation Open Society Institute (FOSI) informed this at a press conference here Thursday. The first CLF Islamabad will be hosted by OUP, ITA and FOSI.
Children’s Literature Festival is a free public event to be attended by thousands of children and teachers from all over Pakistan. It is a torch-bearer campaign for promoting reading habits amongst children, exposing them to multi-sensory learning beyond textbooks and tests. The CLF is an exciting initiative to promote reading, creativity, critical thinking and imagination among children, they informed.
Started from Lahore in 2011, the CLF in the last 12 months held mega events in Quetta, Peshawar, Bahawalpur and Karachi with an attendance of over 80,000 children and adults.
CLF Islamabad will present celebrities, authors, publishers and well-known personalities. The event will feature interactive readings, discussions and workshops by famous children’s writers, poets and resource persons. Activities for children (age group: 4-10 and 11-17) include: readings and storytelling -sing aloud by well-known writers, creative writing and book making, poetry reading and writing poems with renowned poets, writing book reviews, workshops on illustrations, digital stories, comics and managing libraries, debating and writing sessions – Bol Ke Lub Azad Hain Teray, interactive pottery, arts and crafts, book launches and book fair, live puppets, cartoons, theatre and music shows.
Well-known CLF ambassadors include Dr Arfa Syeda Zehra, Rumana Hussain, Zubaida Jalal, Adeel Hashmi, Mira Hashmi, Nadia Jamil, Sania Saeed, Zubaida Mustafa, Fahd Hussain, Master Ayub, Zubair Torwali, Kishwar Naheed, Samar Minallah, Akram Dost, Fauzia Minallah and Khaled Anam. The organisers informed that the venue of CLF Islamabad is Pak-China Friendship Center that is an ideal place for a large national public event dedicated to the children of Pakistan.
Source: The Nation