Sukkur—Over 3,000 children, parents and teachers experienced the national level two-day Children’s Literature Festival in interior Sindh for the first time. The Festival was brought to District Sukkur by US Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Sindh Reading Program (SRP), in collaboration with the Government of Sindh.
Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah, Leader of Opposition, Government of Sindh and Dr Fouzia Khan, Head of Curriculum, Education and Literacy Department, Government of Sindh, attended the festival along with local authorities, renowned Sindhi poets and writers, representatives from donor organizations, and public and private and public institutions.
Addressing the event, Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah said, ‘there is an urgent need to increase investment and attention in the education sector in order to empower our societies and our children’.
With support from the Sindh Reading Program, over 500 public schools were mobilized for the event. However, the highlight of the event remained the participation and performance by children with special needs from Child Protection Unit Sukkur.
SRP designed special panel discussions to highlight the need for non-formal education system for out-of-school children in Sindh and promote creative reading among young children. Soft launch of SRP’s teaching and learning materials for early grade students also took place at the festival.