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
Pakistani Students Continue to Stand Up for Education: We Must Stand With Them
A second Pakistani girl is now speaking out publicly about threats against her for attending school. Hina Khan, now 17, has been an advocate for education, particularly girls', and now is unable to leave her house because of death threats.
"Thank you OUP thank you ITA..Thank you for making me a part
of this wonderful experience"
"It was a most rewarding experience for me to participate in this unique experience....
it was almost like picking choice jewels out of the treasure trove that was CLF, the
speakers, organizers and the children...All My sessions were workshops with
children 13 years plus, motivating them to speak publicly without fear and self
consciousness with wit, humour and poetry... It was incredible what they gave
me back. Our young people are hungry to be engaged,for truths to be spoken and
for their dreams to be acknowledged and guided towards realization. I am proud to
be a part of the process of their self actualization and always available to CLF for
"Dear Baela and Ameena, Kudos to you and your teams, and for all those
who were associated in the not-so-easy task of putting together this recent
CLF! Simply amazing achievement!
The pleasure, interest, energy and engagement of all the children, from ages 1
year to 80+, was a testimony of what this 'good virus' is capable of doing. It is
moving forward with electric speed and it is making people realise that books -
those humble paper 'things' printed with ink and colour - can turn around their
world if they let themselves get infected with it.
I admit that i was very tired, but I absolutely love being a part of the CLF, and
want to continue to travel with this caravan, going from one city to another,
gaining more and more momentum and recognition, as it is one of the best things
that has happened to me in my personal journey of working for/with children."
"Well, all of you at ITA and OUP and OSF must be congratulated
for an excellent work. The new concept intiated by ITA is catching
on rapidly. Children find resonance in it. Where else would they get
such moments of joy in learning? Baela, hats off to you."
"I also want to express my feelings about the wonderful work for children
that is being carried out by the CLF. Its like a breadth of fresh air in a desert.
Hats off to the entire team and especially to Baela Raza Jamil and Ameena
Saiyid for organizing a remarkable remarkable series of events for children.
It is an honour to be a part of CLF."
"What a thrilling experience it was. This is a great step in building bridges
and bringing the walls down.It was such a pleasure and honour to be a part
of it. Congratulations for the great success."
"I am proud and honored to be an ambassador for the Childrens Lit Fest ...
its truly a phenomenal event and each year reaches further and wider to
indiscriminately bring learning creatively, art, literature and the power of
the written word to kids, parents and educationists all over Pakistan.
Ye Cheez! Ameena Saiyid Baela Raza Jamil and your team of super heroes
you guys pulled off MAGIC :) Salutes!"
My trip to Islamabad in the past have been frequent;be there for meeting up
with the family and friends or for standing for hours at the window of a visa
issuing officer. The experiences of this trip, though,were extra-ordinarily unique.
Set against the backdrop of Margallah hills was a festival that took one's breath
away because of its colors and energy.... Yes I am talking about the 6th
Children's literature Festival which was celebrated on 24th and 25 of may. Set in
Pak China Friendship house, this festival came to life through the untiring efforts
of ITA and OUP..
One got to see the varied authors and children's authors as well as the artists,
singers puppet shows music concerts under one roof. A different activity whichever
may one, would add up to the energy of the festival.. Storytelling sessions in one
area, pop groups in another. A book launch in one hall, visiting school children
experimenting with arts and crafts in another. Eager minds, inquisitive eyes, love for
learning was all around us. It is a source of pride for me to be a part of a festival like
this, one which was specifically for the children, who are the future of Pakistan.
Thousands of children brought their families and each and every one of them has a
hand in making this festival such a success.
Many thanks Maham Ali. Will love to design similar festivals at village
and tehsil level.The series of these festivals and the ones for adults reinforced
my trust in Pakistan.
Last night I reflected on these significant events and my observations on these
festivals and the role they play in mending the distorted image of Pakistan.
My reflections were published by US based think tank for international readers.
Here I could only share the link for the concerned people in this email list.
Please do read and share. The organisers ITA, OUP, Open Society Foundation
Institute duly recognised. http://www.sharnoffsglobalviews.com/pakistan-people-081/
Thank you very much for inviting SEF at the CLF in Islamabad. It was a
wonderful experience to meet so many participants especially the children.
ITA, OUP and OSI deserve special acknowledgement for this wonderful
initiative. I do not want to miss this opportunity to mention that the enthusiasm
and commitment shown by the young team of volunteers was the real impetus
behind the success of this memorable event. Hats of to you guys. You can make
Dear Ameena, Baela, Nargis,How wonderful it is to be smiling still!
It was a joy to be at the CLF, to share the excitement in the air and
to come back with beautiful memories and the Conference memorabilia.
Will continue to enjoy both. Thank you for a special event.