Children’s Literature Festival


CLF Islamabad 2015 Program on October 1-3  2015

Program: Children’s Literature Festival – 2nd October 2015

8:00 – 9:20am – Registration and Arrival of Guests
9:30am – Arrival of Chief Guest
9:30 – 9:35am – Tilawat
9:35 – 9:40am – CLF Taraana – “Hamain Kitab Chaheiye” – Lyrics: Zehra Nigah Composed by Rakae Jamil
9:40 – 9:45am – Welcome address by Executive Director Lok Virsa, Dr. Fouzia Saeed
9:45 – 9:50am – Address by Founder of Children’s Literature Festival, Baela Raza Jamil
9:50 – 10:00am – Cultural Diversity – performance by students of Federal Directorate of Education
10:00 – 10:05am – Address by Managing Director of Oxford University Press and co-founder of CLF, Ameena Saiyid
10:05 – 10:10am – “Yeh Bachi kis ki Bachi hai” performance by students of Pehli Kiran School System
10:10 – 10:15am – Address by Senior Program Officer, Open Society Foundations, Nargis Sultana
10:15 – 10:25am – Expression at its Best – Folk Child Artists of Pakistan
10:25 – 10:35am – “Dandia Dance” by Kuch Khaas
10:35 – 10:40am Address by the Chief Guest, Senator Pervaiz Rashid – Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage
10:40 – 10:45am National Anthem
10:50am – Formal Inauguration of CLF Islamabad 2015 by Children and Guests.


Lok Virsa, the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage will organize a three-day Children Literature Festival (CLF) at Shakarparian from October 1.

“After the success of earlier children festivals in the capital and across the country, Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi and Oxford University Press (OUP) in collaboration with Open Society Foundations and Lok Virsa believe that festival this year will bring smiles to the faces of not only our kids but parents, teachers and the general public of twin cities,” said CLF Programme Manager Maham Ali while briefing media personnel. She was accompanied by Lok Virsa Executive Director Dr Fauzia Saeed and Nargis Sultana of Open Society Foundations.

The children festival is the going to be the 21st children literature festival along with the 5th teachers’ literature festival. Three-day literature celebration will start on October 1, by dedicating the first day to teachers literature festival in which sessions, workshops and performances for teachers will be hosted while the following two days children from twin cities would be enjoying not only literature but culture, drama, puppet shows and many more interesting activities, added Maham Ali

“Lok Virsa’s focus is to invest in our children and give them a sound cultural identity well-rooted in our folk heritage. We see no better partner than the CLF to move forward,” said the Lok Virsa executive director. “We hope Children Literature Festival (CLF) becomes a sustainable national movement towards critical thinking, creativity and learning beyond textbooks, she added.

While revealing the key celebrities attending the literature festival and TLF this year, Maham Ali said that a galaxy of celebrities including leading authors and writers like Haseena Moin, Kishwar Naheed, Harron rashid and Dr Arfa Sayeda Zehra would be sharing their thoughts with children in different sessions along with renowned vocalist Tina Sani and many others. It is a matter of great pride that the CLF has not been limited to eminent authors, poets and institutes only in Pakistan but also got great response and participation from writers, storytellers and teachers from across the border and from other countries like Nepal and Afghanistan, she added.

Children Literature Festival’s organisers and Lok Virsa administration invited the people of the twin cities to participate in this festival along with their children and families, where entry is free to make it a success as it was last year.





Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA), Oxford University Press (OUP) in collaboration with Lok Virsa, National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Islamabad are organizing a 2-day Children’s Literature Festival (CLF) for the children of Islamabad, Rawalpindi and nearby areas on the 2nd and 3rd of October2015 at Lok Virsa, Islamabad

The CLF founded by Baela Raza Jamil and co-founded by Ameena Saiyid started from Lahore in 2011. In the last 4 years, CLF has held successful events in Quetta, Peshawar, Bahawalpur, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Swat, Sahiwal, Multan with an attendance of over 380,000 children and adults.
The Children’s Literature Festival is a free public event. It is an exciting initiative aimed at promoting reading, creativity and critical thinking among the children of the country. It is a torch-bearer campaign; an equalizer for all school systems to address the challenges of learning, reviving a culture of reading, and generating content for textbooks and supplementary materials.

An exciting and fun-filled programme is planned for the CLF Islamabad 2015. It will feature talks, interactive readings, discussions and workshops by well-known children’s authors, poets and artists. The festival also includes sessions on creative writing, bookmaking, poetry, comics, digital stories, writing book reviews as well as book launches, book fair, theatre, cartoon and much more



Hamid Mir talking to Aneeqa Zaheer of ITA about his experience at the CLF Islamabad 2015












Highlights from CLF Islamabad 2015


Highlights from CLF Islamabad 2015









Pottery making program concludes at Lok Virsa

ISLAMABAD: The 7-day Pottery Making classes concluded here at Shakarparian by attracting a large number of children (age: 6-14 years) from various schools of Rawalpindi/Islamabad and child visitors of Lok Virsa Museums.
The program was organized by the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) under its ongoing series CRAFT OF THE MONTH. The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), Pakistan Baitul Mal (PBM) and National Centre for Special Education (NCSE) also collaborated with Lok Virsa by way of sending their students in the training program.
The Pakistan National Museum of Ethnology (Heritage Museum) at Lok Virsa remained the hub of craft making activities from 5-11 October 2015. Around 500 children/ students participated in the training program from 5-10 October, whereas the last day, i.e Sunday, 11th October was reserved for adults. 200 adults of different age groups interacted with renowned potters and learnt from them techniques involved in the pottery making.


Muhammad Ahsan Saeed

Saad Omega Ansari

Khawar Jutt

Malik Nisar Ahmed

Sadan Dani

Hamza Khan

Khurram Tanveer

Ibn E Batuta

Farrukh Jalil

Sarah I. Raja

Syed Mardan Shah Bukhari

Har Satti

Kish Mish

Muhammad Naqash

Talha Rasheed

Soniya Augustine

Rabia Rbi

 Prwasha Sardar











































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