Swat, Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi, Bahawalpur
Peshawar, Quetta, National Book Day, Book Fair
Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA), Oxford University Press (OUP), Open Society Foundations (OUP) and Karachi Youth Initiative (KYI) are now converging in Karachi for the 11th Children’s Literature Festival at Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi.
For the first time, Teachers’ Literature Festival will also be held in Karachi on the 20th of February 2014 at the Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi.
The Karachi CLF is the eleventh literature festival for the children of Pakistan; the first was held in November 2011 in Lahore followed by Quetta, Peshawar, Bahawalpur,Karachi and Islamabad in 2012/2013. Attended by over 100,000 participants, CLF aims to promote reading, creativity and critical thinking among children. CLF is an equalizer open to ALL children and ALL school systems, UNLOCKING THE POWER OF READING through muti-sensory experiences.
Baela Raza Jamil is the Director Programs for the Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA), Center for Education and Consciousness (CEC). ITA is a Public Trust, established in 2000 working nationwide in 23 locations of Pakistan. ITA is embedded in the paradigm of education as a fundamental human entitlement; the right to learning, knowledge systems, citizenship skills and 9000 years of living heritage, through active partnerships with public sector and affordable private schools across Pakistan. ITA works with think tanks, universities, civil society organizations and the corporate sector.
Ameena Saiyid joined OUP in 1979 in Lahore, working in sales and editorial, with responsibility for the Punjab and NWFP, and later moved to Karachi. She left OUP in 1986 to set up her own publishing house, Saiyid Books, which grew into a successful business. In 1988, she was invited by OUP to rejoin as head of OUP Pakistan becoming the first woman to head a multinational company in Pakistan. In 2005, Ameena became the first woman in Pakistan to be awarded the Order of the British Empire. The OBE was awarded in recognition of her services to women’s rights, education, democracy, intellectual property rights and Anglo-Pakistan relations.
Uran- Tashtaree is a bi- monthly Children's magazine. It is published from the platform of CLF.
While putting together this project, in the capacity of editor, I had to keep several issues in mind..
Firstly language must be easy and relate-able.
I personally feel that the adults of our nation require advice, opinions and lectures much more than our children. hence Uran Tashtaree shall be very delicate about their use.. If need be then Uran Tashtaree shall be used as tool to communicate and educate rather than command.
Uran Tashtaree shall always give homage to our literary stalwarts while it promotes modern day authors.
Every issue shall have at least 3 essay submissions by our children, our own readers
'Layla aur Munni Gudia is the first book published by the Children's Literature Festival. It was launched at the Teachers' Literature Festival and Children's Literature Festival Karachi 2014. Created by Rumana Husain, it was launched by famous dramatist, playwright and scriptwriter, Haseena Moin