PLF Lahore 2024

Poster

COLLABORATORS

Co-host

SED
CLC

Partners

PILAC
CandyLand
SightSavers
LGS

Implementation Partners

District Education Author
State Bank of Pakistan
Khwarizmi Science Society
Harsukh
Paramount Books
Shehri Pakistan
OLomopolo
Literacy and Non–Formal Education Department
Science Fuse
WWF
SNPET - Sanjan Nagar Education Trust
The Little Art
Special Education Department
Alif Laila Book Bus Society
One Earth Toys
Leather Dude
EdJam
Child-Protection-Welfare-Bureau
Child Rights movement
Walled City Authority
Maqbool Books
Shehri Pakistan UNESCO
NHM - National History Museum
Right to Play
GODH
DTS Tourism Department
NBF Books_gives_us_wings
Young Omang
CAP - Citizen Archive of Pakistan
PPGA
Chughtai Public Library

PROGRAM

Resource persons

PICTURE GALLERY

Day 1

PLF Lahore 2024
PLF Lahore 2024

Day 2

PLF Lahore 2024 - Day 2

Videos

Inaugural Session of Pakistan Learning Festival Lahore 2024 | Part 01
Inaugural Session of Pakistan Learning Festival Lahore 2024 | Part 02
Inaugural Session of Pakistan Learning Festival Lahore 2024 | Part 03
The two-day Day #PLFLahore 2024 culminated with the #Governor of Punjab Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman
Launch of National Book Foundation 5 Books
Launch of 5 Books by Maqbool Academy In collaboration with ITA and Room To Read | PLF Lahore 2024
Launch of 5 Books by Alif Laila Book Bus Society | ITA and Room To Read
Closing Ceremony

MEDIA

 

Pakistan Learning Festival 2024 culminates on a high note
 

The second day of the Pakistan Learning Festival 2024, culminated with the Punjab Governor, Baleegh ul Rehman, closing the session which had unfolded as a continuation of a dynamic tapestry of educational sessions, creative workshops, and empowering discussions.

Speaking on the occasion he stated, “Just reading a lot of books at one point in your lives is not enough. Learning is an on-going task and we must ensure that ecery day that we live is better than the last. That can only happen if we read as reading is a must to improve not just our learning curve, but to become better human beings and to learn through a fun experience. That is why such Festivals are a must for our nation.”

The day commenced with an insightful session on “Learning through Role Play and Drama” by Atif Badar, setting the scene for a day of engaging and interactive learning experiences.

One of the highlights of the day was the launch event “Chutki ke Rang, Bachon ke Sang,” featuring the National Book Foundation’s unveiling of five books in collaboration with ITA and Room to Read. Maryam Shehzadi, Obien Mayo, Rakhshanda Naveed, Ali Raza, Marria Khan and Baela Raza Jamil participated in a discussion moderated by Rumana Husain, exploring the power of storytelling.

 

Renowned artist Vicky Zhuang Yi-Yin shared insights into the impactful book “Sitti’s Bird – a Gaza Story” by Malak Mattar, adding depth to the festival’s diverse literary offerings. Rang Barangy Dantt, presented by Rakhshanda Naveed, and the launch of “Nanhay Hoshiyar,” focusing on social-emotional literacy through Allama Iqbal’s poems by Aimen Mirza and Baela Jamil, added further dimensions to the literary landscape.

The festival continued to foster a love for science through engaging sessions like “Science Fuse,” exploring subjects ranging from the Science of Rockets to Making Human-sized Bubbles. Khwarizmi Science Society’s Microscopy Show provided a fascinating look into the microscopic world.

British Council Popup Library 

The British Council further enriched the festival with a Popup Library and Storytelling sessions, promoting digital and gamified learning. Inclusive sports activities, coding workshops, and various creative activities kept participants engaged throughout the day.

Educational sessions included an engaging theatre workshop by Abuzar Malik, offering participants a hands-on experience in the art of performance and storytelling.  In a meaningful initiative, students took center stage with climate change and learning pledges, showcasing their commitment to environmental improvement and continuous education.

Riqza Riaz and Izzah Ramzan orchestrated an art and expression activity, providing a platform for participants to unleash their creativity. Through this hands-on session, individuals explored various forms of artistic expression, fostering a vibrant and inclusive atmosphere at the festival.

Seccion on mental health and psychosocial support 

Dr. Uzma Ashiq conducted a crucial session on mental health and psychosocial support tailored for adolescents and youth. The discussion addressed essential aspects of mental well-being, offering insights and strategies to navigate the challenges faced by this demographic, promoting mental health awareness in the community.

Film screenings by SOC Films unfolded thought-provoking narratives, providing a cinematic journey. The curated films, including “Quaid say Batain” and “HASHIYA,” offered alternative perspectives and engaged audiences on social justice issues.

Climate and water conservation discussions

WWF representatives led climate and water conservation discussions, enhancing the critical need for environmental awareness. The sessions explained the ongoing challenges, future considerations, and the role of individuals in fostering a sustainable and ecologically responsible approach to address climate and water-related issues.

An insightful discussion on personal and menstrual health, shed light on important aspects of well-being. Another session dedicated to youth participation in promoting adolescent issues provided a platform for meaningful dialogue. 

The festival wrapped up with a crucial panel discussion on child abuse and protection. The discourse centered on child mental health, development, and growth, highlighting the importance of safeguarding children’s well-being.

Source: https://www.samaa.tv/208738724-pakistan-learning-festival-2024-culminates-on-a-high-note

LAHORE: The two-day Pakistan Learning Festival 2024 culminated with the Governor of Punjab Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman closing the session which has unfolded as a continuation of a dynamic tapestry of educational sessions, creative workshops, and empowering discussions.
Punjab Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman Speaks during the occasion of the two-day Pakistan Learning Festival 2024 on January 25, 2024. — Facebook/Pakistan Learning Festival
Punjab Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman Speaks during the occasion of the two-day Pakistan Learning Festival 2024 on January 25, 2024. — Facebook/Pakistan Learning Festival
 
Speaking on the occasion, the governor said: “Just reading a lot of books at one point in your lives is not enough. Learning is an on-going task and we must ensure that every day that we live is better than the last. That can only happen if we read as reais a must to improve not just our learning curve, but to become better human beings and to learn through a fun experience. That is why such festivals are a must for our nation.” The day commenced with a session on “Learning through Role Play and Drama” by Atif Badar. One of the highlights of the day was the launch event “Chutki ke Rang, Bachon ke Sang,” featuring the National Book Foundation’s unveiling of five books in collaboration with ITA and Room to Read. Educational sessions included an engaging theatre workshop by Abuzar Malik, offering participants a hands-on experience in the art of performance and storytelling. Film screenings by SOC Films unfolded thought-provoking narratives, providing a cinematic journey. WWF representatives led climate and water conservation discussions, enhancing the critical need for environmental awareness.   KEMU students visit IPH A group of MBBS 4th year students of King Edward Medical University (KEMU), Lahore, visited Model Mother and Child Health Center of Institute of Public Health (IPH) on Thursday. The head of the Department of Mother and Child Health Dr Rabia Islam welcomed the students and briefed them on the facilities of healthcare, including antenatal and post antenatal medical care.

Source: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/1151348-pakistan-learning-festival-conclude

* The festivities began with a captivating band performance and formally commenced with recitation from the holy Quran

PHOTO-2024-01-24-18-39-33The inaugural ceremony of Pakistan Learning Festival (PLF) 2024 unfolded here with a grandeur that set the tone of the day, dedicated to “Learning for People and Planet.”

The Chief Guest, Secretary Education Punjab, Ahsan Waheed, graced the occasion with his presence.

The festivities began with a captivating band performance and formally commenced with recitation from the holy Quran. The national anthem, resonating through the Children Library Complex, which is also the co-host of the festival, was beautifully rendered through sign-language by children from Deaf Reach School.

 

A warm welcome note was extended by Ahmad Khawar Shahzad, Managing Director of CLC Punjab and Baela Raza Jamil, Founder of PLF & CEO ITA. The event then came alive with the vibrant rendition of “PLF Tarana Hamain Kitab Chahiye” by the students of Sanjan Nagar, featuring lyrics by Zehra Nigah and composition by Rakae Jamil.

Partner schools took the stage for a lively welcome performance and the Kalam-e-Iqbal Special Education Department added a touch of inspiration.

A significant moment in the ceremony included the launch of new children’s books by the Pakistan Literacy Project in collaboration with ITA, Room to Read (RTR), and three publishers. Rumana Husain, Advisor PLF and Joel Bacha from Room to Read.

An engaging story enactment was presented by SKMZ, while partners such as the School Education Department (SED), PILAC, The British Council and Oxford University Press expressed their voices in support of PLF.

The Chief Guest then declared Pakistan Learning Festival Lahore 2024 officially open, marking the beginning of a day filled with diverse activities.

The day unfolded various riveting sessions, notable among which were “Suno Kahani Meri Zubaani (SKMZ)” dramatic storytelling, and an interactive session by Rumana Husain, called “Sitti’s Bird,” a poignant book by Palestinian author Malak Mattar.

Atif Badar and Waqas Manzoor orchestrated a compelling theatrical performance titled “Learning through Role Play and Drama.” Through captivating role-playing and dynamic drama, the duo seamlessly blended entertainment with education, creating an immersive learning experience.

Alif Laila Book Bus Society (ALBBS) hosted an enjoyable session, ‘Storyteller Bus’, featuring engaging activities like Hand and Foot games, a Snake Ladder game, Book stalls, and Creative craft items.

A special session by Children Library Complex (CLC) highlighted Women Role Models. The session aimed to inspire and celebrate the contributions of women in roles exemplifying resilience and leadership, and emphasizing the importance of diverse and empowering narratives.

Another engaging session, Science Fuse explored the Science of Rockets, Creating Human-sized Bubbles, The Magic of Numbers, Sir Newton’s Story and Fire-Making. Simultaneously, the Khwarizmi Science Society presented an enlightening Aljazari Workshop, adding a hands-on dimension to the exploration of scientific concepts.

True to their commitment, the British Council continued their unwavering support for such festivals, seamlessly organising a Popup Library alongside captivating storytelling sessions.

Diverse sessions also took place covering subjects such as science shows, gymnastics, aerobics, illustrated stories and a bilingual storytelling session conducted by Rumana Husain.

PLF embraced technology with workshops like VR Gaming Gear UP Series and Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Art. Renowned artist and educator, Rumana Hussain, showcased 14 Pakistani Climate Heroes, emphasising the importance of addressing climate change.

Throughout the day, PLF offered sessions on heritage, traffic rules awareness, and even a seminar by WWF representatives on Climate & Water Conservation. The Children Library Complex added a fun touch with activities like aerobics, gymnastics, martial arts and health and fitness.

The day concluded with its last session where SOC Films curated an enriching selection of screenings, featuring compelling titles like “Quaid say Batain,” “HASHIYA,” and specially crafted short movies for children. This cinematic finale provided a thought-provoking and entertaining build-up to the finale concert featuring Sufi music by Fazal Jutt and Ahsan Abbas Wadalian.

Pakistan Learning Festival 2024 has been made possible through the generous support of sponsors and partners, including British Council, Room to Read, LGS, PILAC, Beaconhouse School, Idara-e-Taleem-o-Agahi, Sighsavers and Oxford University Press.

The festival not only celebrated learning but also served as a platform to address critical issues facing Pakistan, such as climate change, education and child protection. It aimed to empower individuals with knowledge and inspire them to be agents of positive change in their communities. The event concluded with satisfied and happy visitors, echoing the success of PLF in bringing people together for a day of joy, learning and community engagement.

Source: https://dailytimes.com.pk/1163986/pakistan-learning-festival-commences/

LAHORE: The first-day of Pakistan Learning Festival (PLF) 2024 was dedicated to “Learning for People and Planet,” at Children Library Complex on Wednesday.

Punjab School Education Department (SED) Secretary Ahsan Waheed was the chief guest, with Children Library Managing Director Ahmad Khawar Shahzad and PLF Founder and ITA CEO Baela Raza Jamil also in attendance.

The event began with a vibrant rendition of PLF anthem Hamain Kitab Chahiye by the students of Sanjan Nagar.

A new children’s book was launched by the Pakistan Literacy Project, in collaboration with ITA, Room to Read (RTR), and three publishers.

Partners such as the SED, Pilac, the British Council, and Oxford University Press expressed their support for PLF.

The day unfolded with various riveting sessions, including Suno Kahani Meri Zubaani andan interactive session by Rumana Husain called Sitti’s Bird, a poignant book by Palestinian author Malak Mattar.

The Alif Laila Book Bus Society (ALBBS) hosted an enjoyable session, Storyteller Bus, featuring engaging activities.

A special session by Children Library Complex highlighted women role models, aiming to inspire and celebrate the contributions of women in roles exemplifying resilience and leadership.

The day concluded with its last session where SOC Films curated an enriching selection of screenings. This cinematic finale provided a thought-provoking and entertaining build-up to the concert featuring Sufi music by Fazal Jutt and Ahsan Abbas Wadalian.

festival: The Lahore Arts Council will organise a one-day festival on instrumental music in the second week of February.

Officials told Dawn the festival would feature instrumentalists both seasoned ones and amateurs. It would also feature an exhibition of musical instruments, talks on instrumental music and performances.

Published in Dawn, January 25th, 2024

https://www.dawn.com/news/1808343/pakistan-learning-festival-features-interesting-events

 

 

A Day of Learning, Celebration, and Empowerment: Pakistan Learning Festival Day One.

 
 
 
 

Lahore, January 24, 2024 – The inaugural ceremony of Pakistan Learning Festival (PLF) 2024 unfolded here with a grandeur that set the tone of the day, dedicated to “Learning for People and Planet.” The Chief Guest, Secretary Education Punjab, Ahsan Waheed, graced the occasion with his presence.

The festivities began with a captivating band performance, and formally commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The national anthem, resonating through the Children Library Complex, which is also the co-host of the festival, was beautifully rendered through sign-language by children from Deaf Reach School.

A warm welcome note was extended by Ahmad Khawar Shahzad, Managing Director of CLC Punjab, and Baela Raza Jamil, Founder of PLF & CEO ITA. The event then came alive with the vibrant rendition of “PLF Tarana Hamain Kitab Chahiye” by the students of Sanjan Nagar, featuring lyrics by Zehra Nigah and composition by Rakae Jamil.

Partner schools took the stage for a lively welcome performance, and the Kalam-e-Iqbal Special Education Department added a touch of inspiration.

A significant moment in the ceremony included the launch of new children’s books by the Pakistan Literacy Project in collaboration with ITA, Room to Read (RTR), and three publishers. Rumana Husain, Advisor PLF, and Joel Bacha from Room to Read.

An engaging story enactment was presented by SKMZ, while partners such as the School Education Department (SED), PILAC, The British Council, and Oxford University Press expressed their voices in support of PLF.

The Chief Guest then declared Pakistan Learning Festival Lahore 2024 officially open, marking the beginning of a day filled with diverse activities.

The day unfolded various riveting sessions, notable among which were “Suno Kahani Meri Zubaani (SKMZ)” dramatic storytelling, and an interactive session by Rumana Husain, called “Sitti’s Bird,” a poignant book by Palestinian author Malak Mattar.

Atif Badar and Waqas Manzoor orchestrated a compelling theatrical performance titled “Learning through Role Play and Drama.” Through captivating role-playing and dynamic drama, the duo seamlessly blended entertainment with education, creating an immersive learning experience.

Alif Laila Book Bus Society (ALBBS) hosted an enjoyable session, ‘Storyteller Bus’, featuring engaging activities like Hand and Foot games, a Snake Ladder game, Book stalls, and Creative craft items.

A special session by Children Library Complex (CLC) highlighted Women Role Models. The session aimed to inspire and celebrate the contributions of women in roles exemplifying resilience and leadership, and emphasizing the importance of diverse and empowering narratives.

Another engaging session, Science Fuse explored the Science of Rockets, Creating Human-sized Bubbles, The Magic of Numbers, Sir Newton’s Story, and Fire-Making. Simultaneously, the Khwarizmi Science Society presented an enlightening Aljazari Workshop, adding a hands-on dimension to the exploration of scientific concepts.

True to their commitment, the British Council continued their unwavering support for such festivals, seamlessly organizing a Popup Library alongside captivating storytelling sessions.

Diverse sessions also took place covering subjects such as science shows, gymnastics, aerobics, illustrated stories, and a bilingual storytelling session conducted by Rumana Husain.

PLF embraced technology with workshops like VR Gaming Gear UP Series and Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Art. Renowned artist and educator, Rumana Hussain, showcased 14 Pakistani Climate Heroes, emphasizing the importance of addressing climate change.

Throughout the day, PLF offered sessions on heritage, traffic rules awareness, and even a seminar by WWF representatives on Climate & Water Conservation. The Children Library Complex added a fun touch with activities like aerobics, gymnastics, martial arts, and health and fitness.

The day concluded with its last session where SOC Films curated an enriching selection of screenings, featuring compelling titles like “Quaid say Batain,” “HASHIYA,” and specially crafted short movies for children. This cinematic finale provided a thought-provoking and entertaining build-up to the finale concert featuring Sufi music by Fazal Jutt and Ahsan Abbas Wadalian.

Pakistan Learning Festival 2024 has been made possible through the generous support of sponsors and partners, including British Council, Room to Read, LGS, PILAC, Beaconhouse School, Idara-e-Taleem-o-Agahi, Sighsavers, and Oxford University Press.

The festival not only celebrated learning but also served as a platform to address critical issues facing Pakistan, such as climate change, education, and child protection. It aimed to empower individuals with knowledge and inspire them to be agents of positive change in their communities. The event concluded with satisfied and happy visitors, echoing the success of PLF in bringing people together for a day of joy, learning, and community engagement.

Source: https://theazb.com/a-day-of-learning-celebration-and-empowerment-pakistan-learning-festival-day-one/

Lahore(Cliff News)Earlier today a gathering of writers, illustrators, partners and organisers of PLF (Pakistan Learning Festival) gathered here today at Children’s Library Complex to brain-storm on how book-reading can be encouraged as a Movement in Pakistan, rather than just an activity confined to festivals. There were also demos of book-reading of two of the 17 books children’s books that will be launched at the Festival in the next two days. The beautifully decorated venue where this baithak took place had truck-art and hand-crafted décor elements that befittingly livened up the room.The two book-readings were of Jasoos Uqaab by author Maqsooda Hussain aided by its illustrator Maria Riaz, and Chutki, by author Obien Mayo aided by illustrator Maryam Shehzadi.Among some interesting concepts that emerged from the brain-storming was the formation of Book Streets, on the same lines as Food Streets that have become so popular in the country. It was also felt that PLF, now into its 91st Festival should be held on fixed dates in the year so that people can mark it on their calendars as events to look forward to.It was evident by the enthusiasm of all those present at the discussion that the love for reading books is still very much alive and that everyone present on the occasion and representing their various organisations, were going to do their utmost to keep this nurturing habit alive. The session gave a taste of what two expect in the coming two days.


Source: https://cliffpakistan.wordpress.com/2024/01/24/pakistan-learning-festival-takes-off-in-lahore-with-a-quaint-preliminary-session/

Lahore (Muhammad Yasir) The curtains rose on the highly awaited Pakistan Learning Festival (PLF) 2024 during a momentous press conference at the Children’s Library Complex in Lahore. The event attracted a diverse gathering of distinguished speakers, media representatives, and avid supporters, setting the stage for an immersive experience dedicated to fostering learning, self-expression, and critical thinking.

The official dates for the Pakistan Learning Festival 2024 – 24th and 25th January — were unveiled, creating anticipation for an event that promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable one for people of all ages.

Compered by Shanaz Ramzi, CEO Starlinks, the conference kicked off with Ahmed Khawar, Managing Director, Children’s Library Complex Punjab, (CLC) extending a warm welcome to the attendees. Shehzad threw light on the role of Children’s Library Complex in hosting close to 50 events on their premises to date. Benysh Fatima, Director General PILAC spoke next, and mentioned that 17 gripping books were going to be launched at the Festival. Baela Raza Jamil, CEO Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi and Founder, Pakistan Learning Festival stated “Pakistan Learning Festival serves as a beacon of transformative learning experiences, leaving a lasting impact on individuals and children alike.

Our commitment is to create a platform that not only imparts knowledge but instills a lifelong love for learning.” Showcasing the collaborative efforts that fuel Pakistan Learning Festival’s success, Tahir Khan Assistant Director SED (School Education Department) and Farhan, Director CLC threw light on the participation of schools in the festival, and mentioned that 1000 special children would also be participating in it.

Also speaking on the occasion were the illustrators and authors who have worked tirelessly together along with the publishers to launch the beautiful children’s books at the Festival.

The conference outlined thematic strands that will weave through PLF 2024, emphasizing its commitment to diverse and holistic learning experiences. These strands include interactive workshops, thought-provoking panel discussions, captivating exhibitions, storytelling sessions, and educational activities meticulously designed to unlock the intellectual and artistic potential of participants. 

The floor was open to queries, after which the event concluded with a networking session over high tea, providing an opportunity for participants to connect, share ideas, and savor refreshments in a vibrant and collaborative atmosphere.

Already a landmark event in Pakistan’s education and cultural calendar, PLF 2024 is gaining momentum, supported by a network of partners, sponsors, and educationists. Attendees can anticipate a celebration of learning that transcends traditional boundaries, offering a unique and holistic experience.

Pakistan Learning Festival 2024, with its vibrant literature celebrations, will maintain its role as a dynamic platform for intellectual exchange and the celebration of Pakistan’s cultural richness through diverse sessions, and performances, backed by an expanding network of supporters including Candyland, Room to Read, Oxford University Press, British Council, Idara-e-Taleem-o-Agahi, Starlinks PR & Events, Sighsavers, and LGS.

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Waqas Hameed Bajwa
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Punjab | North | ICT
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Maria Mahmood, Program Manager
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Sehrish Farooq, Project Coordinator
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Pakistan Learning Festival is a social movement founded by the renowned educator-thought leader and activist, Baela Raza Jamil CEO of Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) and co-founded by the internationally and nationally awarded Ameena Saiyid, who headed a multinational corporation and pioneered ‘literature festivals’ in Pakistan; she is the Founder Director of the Adab Festival Pakistan. CLF’s growth is attributed to its open collaboration with numerous private, public, civil society organizations, foundations and development partners. CLF is the first national level largest learning festival with an outreach across Pakistan; it is ITA’s well known flagship program.

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