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Fauzia Minallah Presents Amai Animation at Children’s Literature Festival, Islamabad

Since 2011 in Pakistan, Children’s Literature Festivals have been held as a response to low levels of literacy and an educational culture that inhibits the development of creativity and literacy.

There are two key aims, which are firstly to give children an opportunity to explore the written word, and secondly to give children an opportunity to explore and develop their own creativity. This is done by bringing together children’s authors, artists, TV celebrities, journalists who engage directly with children to encourage, inspire and motivate them.

Wherever a Children’s Literature Festival has been held the response has always been very enthusiastic, even in those areas of Pakistan where security and law and order remain under threat.

At the most recent Children’s Literature Festival, held in Islamabad in the middle of May, ANT-Hiroshima’s friend and collaborator, Fauzia Minallah – founder of the Funkor Child Art Center – showed her animation Amai Loves the Music of Pakistan.

Fauzia reports that the video was well received by the children, who began to dance to the music. The video featured songs in Pashto, Punjabi , Sindhi, Balochi and Urdu, sung by the students of Almaktoom Center for the visually Impaired.

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The children begin to dance as Fauzia’ s Amai anima plays.

 

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Fauzia claps along to the dancing!

The children were presented with copies of Sadako’s Prayer, written and illustrated by Fauzia Minallah and published by ANT-Hiroshima. 🙂

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Fauzia presenting children with copies of Sadako’s Prayer.

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Funkor Childart Center Attends The Children’s Literature Festival In Pakistan

In May 2013 the first ever Children’s Literature Festival was held at Islamia Collegiate School in Islamabad by Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi, Oxford University Press, and Bacha Khan Education Foundation of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in collaboration with the Foundation Open Society Institute (FOSI).

Funkor Childart Center had a stall at the festival displaying children’s books by Fauzia Minallah. Fauzia made an animated tribute featuring two of her creations, ‘Malala and Amai’. The animation was shown to an audience of nearly 3000 children at the inauguration of the festival.

Children from various schools in Peshawar and other areas painted a large mural of “Malala and her Friends” . Fauzia started the mural with a sketch of Malala holding books. The pupils then used stencils to draw pictures of children and painted them in the uniform of their respective schools.

Fauzia Minallah also gave several presentations and freely distributed her picture books.

Here is a video of Fauzia’s animation:

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