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07 December 2011
OUP Pakistan helped stage the country’s first literature festival for children in November.
The Children’s Literature Festival (CLF) took place in Lahore on 25 and 26 November, and was jointly organized by OUP Pakistan and NGO Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi.
It was the first literature festival of its kind for the children of Pakistan to be held at the national level, and brought together more than 15,000 students from all provinces of Pakistan.
A varied programme offered readings and storytelling by popular children’s writers, alongside creative writing workshops, writing book reviews, poetry readings, seminars on promoting reading, live cartoon presentations, a book fair, children’s theatre, and puppet shows based on popular characters from books.
Sessions on national and regional languages were also organized to popularize mother tongue-learning in Pakistan.
The event was supported by the Foundation Open Society Institute, US Consulate Lahore, the British Council, and other corporate entities.
OUP Pakistan MD Ameena Saiyid said: “OUP Pakistan’s involvement in this initiative is reflective of its commitment to promote the reading culture, creativity, and critical thinking among the children of Pakistan. It has showcased new ways of learning, and has involved thousands of children, teachers, and parents in the process”
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