An absolutely amazing experience was witnessed by over 25, 000 children and adults with over 400 schools from ICT, KP, Punjab and Balochistan at the CLF Islamabad on May 24-25, 2013 Pak China Friendship Centre. It t was made possible with the generous collaboration of so many people and top of the line resource persons from Pakistan- our national treasures who shared their hearts and minds for a great cause! Kishwar Naheed, Arfa Syeda Zehra, Zobeida Mustafa, Rumana Husain, Amjad Islam Amjad, Nigar Nazar, Adeel Hashmi, Nadia Jamil, Faisal Bari, Nargis Sultana, Sadia Iqbal, Seher Tariq, Mira Hashmi, Samar Minallah, Fauzia Minallah, Scherazade Alam, Akram Dost, Fauzia Abdullah, Ameena Saiyid, Basarat Kazim, Citizens Archives Pakistan(CAP), Laajverde, Pervez Hoodbhoy, TCF, Amra Alam, Khaled Anam, Laal Band, Ameena Saiyid, Amima Sayeed, Haroon Sheikh, Shahid Siddiqui, Khurshid Hyder, Raj Wali Khattak, Zubairat Hasrat, Zobair Torwali, Bushra Shahab, Sarwat Mohyiuddin, Nasreen Iqbal, Aziz Kabani, Radio Pakistan, Theatre Wallay, Asad Anees, Shoaib Ali, Little Art, Shirin Gul and Amena Kamal, Shayan Poppy Afzal, Mehnaz Aziz, Farooq Qaiser Uncle Sargam, Nadine Murtaza , Raza Rumi, Saima Ashgar Riaz Sana Saleem Farieha Aziz, Batool Nasir, Zehra Nasim, Jamil Bismil, Syeda Sheherbano Kazim, Zehra Arshad, Harris Khalique and Baela Raza Jamil – Stall by over 23 organizations and Book Fair with 12 publishers ..
Over 20 books were launched in the Rahman Baba Lounge, including a book by a 9 year old Asas Husain by skype, 9 major murals were produced.
Support to the CLF was by Foundation Open Society Institute (FOSI), Dawn Group as the media -partner , Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) ,IGGY Warwick University, OXFAM, Radio Pakistan,
The Chief Guests were His Excellency Gajus Scheltema, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands, Mr. Ahmed Bilal Soofi caretaker Federal Law Minister and Secretary Federal Ministry of Education and Training and Special Guest Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata Country Director UNESCO.
The teams from ITA and OUP were at their finest led by Maham Ali and Waqas Bajwa, Zaynah Gilani, Nida, Waseem Khan, Abu Bakar and Yasir Ahmed; Raheela Baqai , Fayyaz Raja, Bushra Shahab. Sohail , Zehra and many more – this was an outstanding co-production a great gathering for the children, teachers and communities of Pakistan ; The CLF is part of the Citizens Movement for Quality Education (CMQE).. along with ASER ,Right to Education (RTE) and Chalo Parho Barho or Let’s Read and Grow.