what is International Children’s Book Day

International Children’s Book Day observed

ISLAMABAD: The International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) was observed on Monday to mark the birthday of famous fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen. This chain was started in 1925.

story of International Children’s Book Day

Hans Andersen was born in Denmark in 1805. He was an author and poet who was best known for his fairy tales, loved by children all around the world.
Among his best-known stories are The Snow Queen, The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, and The Ugly Duckling.

His fairy tales have been translated into over 150 languages, whose millions of copies are still sold every year. The stories have become part of the reading culture of most countries.

Ferozsons Rawalpindi Section Manager Gul Afshan told APP that her organisation had been publishing children books for several years. She said that supplementary reading books for children were published mostly in Urdu.

However, the books in English also have a major contribution in developing reading habits in children, she said.

“It is a bit disappointing that parents are not paying much attention to this issue, and their focus is only on children’s homework,” she said, adding that the West had much better ratio publishing of storybooks for children.

On the contrary, the marketing manager of Liberty Books, Imran, said the publishing ratio of storybooks for children was much higher in English than in Urdu, “as we are not receiving a healthy response for Urdu storybooks”.

He further elaborated that Liberty Books was publishing such books for the past 15 years and most of their authors were from the West.

Nazar Ahmed, the owner of Faridi Book Centre, said that the increase in the sale of children’s literature showed that children were no more interested in violent video games.

He said that it was quite satisfying that such books were still cheaper than other items.

The day is sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), a non-profit organisation, which aims at encouraging children to read more books.

The International Children’s Book Day celebrations are held across the world and include guest appearances by famous authors and illustrators, writing competitions, and book awards.

The day also aims to promote international understanding through children’s books, to increase children’s access to books, and to encourage the publication of better quality books.

Every other year, the IBBY presents the Hans Christian Andersen Awards to a living author and illustrator whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children’s literature.

The award is the highest international recognition given to an author and an illustrator of children’s books.

Queen Margrethe-II of Denmark is the patron of the Andersen Awards.

The nominations are made by the National Sections of IBBY and a distinguished international jury of children’s literature specialists selects the recipients.

Jnrg Schubiger (Switzerland) was the winner of the 2008 Hans Christian Andersen Author Award and Roberto Innocenti (Italy) was the winner of the 2008 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration.

The Authors Award is being given since 1956, while the Illustrators Award since 1966. The award consists of a gold medal and a diploma, presented at a festive ceremony during the biennial IBBY Congress. app

compulsory education for Sindh Education grand

$66m for compulsory primary education in Sindh approved

KARACHI Sindh Education Secretary Muhammad Siddique Memon on Monday informed that the Global Partnership for Education of World Bank has approved grant of $66 million (Rs 5.94 billion) for compulsory education in the province of Sindh. Out of $100 million, an amount of $34 million has been allocated for Balochistan government, he added. staff report

Special Education and Training Centre

Psychiatry problems in kids discussed at workshop

LAHORE Special Education and Training Centre (SETC) organised a training workshop on ‘Child Psychiatry – A Whistle Stop Tour’ in Johar Town on Monday.

Child Psychiatry problems

King Edward Medical University’s (KEMU) former principal Prof Kh Saadiq Husain, SETC Project Director and Prof Emeritus Dr Khalida Tareen, child psychiatrist at North London (Barnet) Hospital and lecturer at Imperial College London Dr Amina Tareen, Dr Pervez Hassan, SETC Principal Zarina Farrukh and a large number of psychiatrists, students and parents were present on the occasion. Addressing the workshop, Dr Amina Tareen said that parents and teachers could play an important role in controlling depression among children and adolescents. She said parents did not give enough time and attention to children because of which they (children) found companionship in video games, mobile phones and indecent movies and websites on computers. She said that teachers too could solve psychiatry problems in children by exhibiting a soft and understanding attitude towards students. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Kh Saadiq Husain said that the government should open child psychiatry departments in all medical colleges and public hospitals. staff report

ceremony to launch a book “Waddey Lok, Waddian Gallan”

LAHORE – A ceremony to launch a book “Waddey Lok, Waddian Gallan” comprising Punjabi articles by a famous poet and journalist Tanvir Zahoor.was held on his residence. Shariq Nizami presided over the ceremony.

Shariq Nizami in his address said that Zahoor’s book was a result of his 40 year old literary and journalistic life that would be used as a reference book.

“Waddey Lok, Waddian Gallan”

“Waddey Lok, Waddian Gallan” has two parts. The first one consists of articles on 37 living personalities that have been expired including Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Ustad Daman, Sadiqain, Munir Niazi, Farkhanda Lodhi, Masaud Khaddar Posh, Ahmad Rahi, Sharif Kunjahi, Sajjah Haider, Dr Hasan Rizvi, Syne Akhtar and others whereas the second part contains essays on 17 figures.

Rape girl student then murder in Punjab LAHORE

– Punjab Chief Minister, Shahbaz Sharif while taking strict notice of the gang rape and murder of Sadaf Jamila, a student of 9th class in Kasur, has directed DPO Kasur to immediately arrest the culprits and submit a report within 24 hours.

The CM directed that no effort should be spared for awarding deterrent punishment to those involved in the heinous crime.

United Kingdom (UK) new package of education support for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,

PESHAWAR: The United Kingdom (UK) on Monday announced a new package of education support for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which will get more than 800,000 girls and boys to schools and build over 2,000 new classrooms by 2015.

 Department for International Development (DFID) in Pakistan,

A statement said that Adam Thomson, British High Commissioner to Pakistan and George Turkington, Head of Department for International Development (DFID) in Pakistan, announced the new package at the launch of this year’s school enrolment campaign with Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti.


new package of education children, particularly girls,

The new support from the DFID will help hundreds of thousands of children, particularly girls, to stay in school and complete education by providing critical infrastructure such as drinking water, toilets, and boundary walls for girls’ schools, as well as ensuring a teacher turns up for every lesson with a clear learning plan.


It said the UK would build 2,000 literacy centres to teach illiterate women so that they could read and write. This will benefit hundreds of thousands over the coming years so that they can earn more money, support their children’s schooling, access information, and better understand their rights.


Adam Thomson in his statement said: “Despite all the challenges it faces and the sacrifices it is rendering, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has good foundations to build on and has proved an excellent partner. I am proud of the positive contributions that Britain is trying to make to the province’s progress. Today our focus is on education.”

  province’s future education emergency

“Education is the single most important factor that can transform this province’s future. With three million children in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa out of school — two million of them girls — this is an education emergency,” he said. “No country can follow the path to a happy future if it cannot read the road signs. Children are a country’s future. Pakistan must not fail its future. The UK has more to offer Pakistan on education than any other country in the world,” he added.

 DFID partnership with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

DFID head in Pakistan George Turkington said the UK had worked closely in partnership with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa over recent years to deliver strong results on education, including supporting more than half-a-million girls to stay in school by paying small stipends and providing free textbooks.


“With a population that is expected to increase by half again in less than forty years, it is worrying that in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa nearly seven million adults are illiterate and half of primary school aged children are not in schools. If educated, healthy and working, this burgeoning youth population offers a vast mine of talent and productivity to boost Pakistan’s economic growth and unlock Pakistan’s potential on the global stage,” he said.


launching ceremony of Make-A-Wish Foundation Pakistan Punjab Chapter

Hassan Nawaz launches Make-A-Wish Make-A-Wish Foundation Pakistan Punjab Chapter held its launching ceremony in Lahore for the ailing children to fulfil their wishes.


Hassan Nawaz Sharif, son of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, was the chief guest at the launching ceremony, says a press release on Monday. The wishes of 12 ailing children were also granted on this occasion. The ceremony was also attended by Founding President Make-A-Wish Pakistan Ishtiaq Baig, Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, British Member Parliament, Gen. (R) Abdul Qayyum, Musarrat Misbah, Sahir Lodhi, Shazia Manzoor, Cricketer Aamir Sohail, Ali Kamran, Make-A-Wish volunteers, wish children and their families. Hassan Nawaz granted the wishes of Make-A-Wish ailing children by presenting them their wish gifts and spent some time with them. He praised the work of Make-A-Wish Pakistan which is doing for the children suffering from life-threatening illnesses and assured Make-A-Wish his and his family’s support for the noble cause.



PUNJAB University medical and dental college

PUNJAB University (PU) announced setting up a medical and dental college and a well-quipped 150-bed teaching hospital.


In this regard, a preliminary meeting was held on Monday, which was chaired PU VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran while focal person of the project, Prof Dr Shaukat Ali, was also present.

criteria of Punjab medical and dental college PMDC

It was said that 100 MBBS students and 50 dental students would get education there and its fee structure would be middle class oriented. He said its faculty would comprise 15 eminent medical doctors. He said an MoU would be signed with a hospital for using additional 350 beds according to PMDC criteria.


He said residential colony for faculty of the college would also be set up. It is pertinent to mention here that senior medical professors who have attended the meeting are offering their honorary services for the establishment of medical college. Eminent professors, principals of medical colleges and others attended the moot.

Vasakh Film festival



A THREE-day Vasakh Film Festival, featuring best national and South Asian documentaries, started at FC College University here on Monday. On the opening day, eighteen international documentaries were screened in two sessions interspersed with panel discussions by academicians to dilate on their themes and techniques. Vice Rector Dr James Tabbe was the chief guest. He said video was a phenomenal medium that could be used to better culture, remove hatred and nourish values.

Region’s best documentaries showcased at Vasakh Film Festival

LAHORE: The first day of Vasakh Film Festival at the Forman Christian College (FCC) featured documentaries made by national and South Asian students.

FCC Vice Rector Dr James Tabbe was the chief guest of the event, which was attended by producer at PTV Fawad Baig, Mass Communication Department head Dr Saleem Abbas, Interactive Resource Centre Director Muhammad Nasir, and a large number of faculty members and students.

On the opening day of the three-day event, organised by the FCC Mass Communication Department and Interactive Resource Centre, eighteen international documentaries were screened in two sessions interspersed with panel discussions by academicians to dilate on the themes and techniques of documentaries shown.

The first session screened the best South Asian documentaries – Iranian-based feature film titled ‘Reflection’, ‘Measuring’ which was followed by a German video ‘Silence’, which is based on propaganda tactics. Two animated movies shown next were ‘Wish’ and ‘The Dream In The Dream’. A documentary, ‘Dilemma’, depicted effects of mothers’ stress on foetuses.

‘Why’ was an Indian documentary questioning the reasons behind anger and frustration.

‘Kerosene’, ‘Two Women and a Camera’, ‘Floating Homes’, ‘Seven Gori in Pakistan’, ‘Dengue or Danger’ and ’How Green Was Our Valley’ were also showcased before the screening of final documentary, ‘Drug Addicts’.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Dr James said that video art was a phenomenal medium that could be used as a tool to promote culture, remove hatred and nourish values.

The visiting teams of students from other national universities expressed their excitement on being given the platform to showcase their talent and explore the various avenues in field of documentary making. “I feel delighted to be part of Vasakh Film Festival and proud that I am representing my institution,” said Abdul Kareem, a student from University of Peshawar.