Provincial Minister for Information and Labor Saeed Ghani on Tuesday inaugurated a three-day Pakistan Learning Festival also known Children Learning Festival organized by the Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi in collaboration with Arts Council of Pakistan.
On the first day of the event, a large number of students from 150 schools participated in the festival while other personalities including ACPK President Muhammad Ahmad Shah, Sind’s Schools and Literacy Education Department Secretary Ghulam Akbar Leghari, Deputy Commissioner Saeed, Irshad Ali Dodhar and other also attended the event.
The open spaces and halls were packed with students, where various sessions continued. A discussion session on literature, language, and civilization was held with Dr. Arifa Syeda Zehra, Zehra Negah, and Mehtab Akbar Rashdi.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony, ITA chief executive officer Baela Raza Jamil said that ITA and CLF were striving hard to keep learning process continue during the COVID-19 lockdown. The event aims to attracts school children and make them understand to learning and socialize with other fellow students enrolled in different schools.
“Today, it is a great pleasure to see the enthusiasm of the children; this festival is a comprehensive learning platform providing new teaching & learning opportunities.” Artist Ahsan Khan said.
“The work done to make Faiz Ahmed Faiz popular in schools is a good tradition,” said ACPK President Muhammad Ahmed Shah, added;“Such festivals provides help in promoting higher education. A teacher is one who was once a student also. We need to further improve our education system”.
The event also attended by the CLF co-founder Ameena Saiyid who appreciated the partners’ cooperation in promoting reading, creativity, and learning in children and teachers. The Oxford University Press Managing Director Arshad Saeed Hussain, Mohammad Baqir, Abdullah Khan, and Saira Khan also participated.
The students of the Deaf Reach School kick off the festival with the national anthem while the pupils of Joseph Convent sang “Humien Kitab Chahyea” written Zehra Nigah.
As many as 28 colorful and exciting children’s books were launched. Those books were prepared by the Room To Read and translated into Urdu under ITA Pakistan Literacy Project.
Also four other books were also unveiled. They were included Amina Alvi’s ‘Eak Sabaq Seekha’ and ‘Kon Badshah Banna Chahta Hai’, Maria Riaz’s “Hamara Adabi Jashan” and Fauzia Minullah’s “Amai and Shabnam”. The books launch ceremonies moderated by Romana Hassan, Dr. Fauzia Khan, Rashdi, and Atiya Dawood.
On the occasion, the Bank of Punjab CEO Zafar Masud announced the Young Author Award. On this occasion, a mobile rickshaw library, a book car was also launched which is rightly called “magic car”.
The organizers had named the stall after prominent personalities and localities including Shah Abdul Latif Bhattai, Suhail Rana, Hasina Moin, Ahmad Shah, Fehmida Riaz, Mohenjo Daro, Anita Ghulam Ali, Sadiqin Ki Gali, Jamshed Nisruwanji, Mehta Court Yard, and Burns Road.
Syed Nusrat Ali participated in the poetry session “Let’s learn Poetry”. The first day of the festival ended with the concert by Ali Hamza Rake Jamil and rapper Waqas Aka Kake.