ISLAMABAD: By achieving the highest standards of success, Capital’s third Children Literature Festival has been closed here at Lok Virsa after featuring a star-studded galaxy of renowned writers, poets, actors and performers spending time with the children and teachers of twin city and surrounding districts.
Two-day Children Festival was part of three-day literature celebrations organized by Idara-e-Taleem-o-Agaahi and Lok Virsa in collaboration with Oxford University Press, Open Society Foundation, Telenor Pakistan and HBL along with the Federal Directorate of Education, Education Department Rawalpindi, Capital Administration and Development Division.
Children Literature Festival this year again presented a unique galaxy of talent and craftsmanship by rendering the big names of literature, acting, creative artists including Haseena Moin, Hamid Mir, Reham Khan, Parvez Hoodbahi, Zubaida Mustafa, Nargis Sultana, Fauzia Minallah, Rumana Husain, Ayub Baloch, Mosharraf Zaidi, Khaled Anum, Nasreen Iqbal, Ameena Saiyid, Bushra Gohar, Tahira Abdullah, Sheherzade Alam, Khursheed Hyder, Faisal Bari, Samina Imtiaz, Baela Raza Jamil, Amira lam, Arif a Syeda Zehra, and many more. The legendary celebrities marked their presence by portraying and sharing their skills and artistry in different interactive and packed sessions.
CLF founder Baela Raza Jamil while talking to media on the closing day said that CLF & TLF are organized in a way that we can bring awareness regarding critical issues especially related to our kids. She expressed her gratitude to the sponsors and the audience for marking their presence in great numbers. While addressing on this occasion, Lok Virsa Director Dr. Fauzia Saeed lauded the organizers of CLF and say that these celebrations will become the easiest way to analyze and understand the children’s behaviors and attitude. She said that Lok Virsa will always be available in the future for any such activities.
Earlier on the concluding day, many interactive and productive sessions, including conversations, talks, dialogues and many more were arranged in which leading celebrities from different walks of life expressed their view points. To portray the folk culture and music in Pakistan Lok Virsa facilitated a special folk music performance.
A session on Digital Security Training was also held. A special conversation regarding the role of media in popularizing and unlocking the power of reading was held in which famous scholars and journalist, including Hamid Mir, Ameena Saiyid, Fereeha Idrees, Zubeida Mustafa and Abdul Samad.
A unique session ‘Brokering Peace, Tolerance and Citizenship in our class rooms’ was held as well in which well known scholar Dr.Parvez Hoodbahi and other panelists described the importance of harmony in promoting peace in the country. Famous writer Haseena Moin shared her unique tips and suggestion with children in a segment “how to write a drama”. To portray and raise the knowledge regarding Pakistans known fine artists while an Art Workshop on Sadequain and Chughtai was also held on the last day along with many more interactive sessions.
On the last day of three day literature celebrations, many book launches were also arranged including Amira Alam’s “Dum Dum Diga aur Akbar” aur Romana Hussain ki “Tasveri Kahani Silsila, on Sheema Kirmani” and my others while interactive book launches of CLF publications “Bhooli Bisri Sunni Sunnai’ and “Tota Khan aur Bakri Arak a Safarnama were also presented on this occasion.
During the festival children were provided the opportunities to attend different interactive sessions regarding, creative writing, poetry, painting, literature, drama, acting, and history along with different creative activities.
On this occasion HBL established its Money Maze stall while many multi-sensory stalls by Idara-e-Taleem-O-Aagahi, CLF, Dawood Foundation, Pakistan Reading Project Mobile Library, Sabaq Foundation, Knowledge Platform, Children Artisans at Work would also be installed while The Art of Book Making would be presented by Oxford University Press. DNA