KARACHI: Karachi 28 February. Provincial minister health Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar has said that as many as 120 development schemes are going on in health department, out of which 34 are new schemes. This he said while talking to various delegations here at his residence. He said that Shaheed Benazir Trauma Centre at the cost of Rs 6082 .9 million, Neoru complex at CMCH Larkana at the cost of Rs 214.23 million while up-gradation of surgery department at CMCH Larkana would be completed till June 2016. The health minister added, ‘ Services Hospital Karachi is being improved and upgraded at the cost of Rs 162.477 million, extension in urban health centres Malir, Kemari and korangi Karachi at the cost of Rs 478.26 million, establishment of Peads centre in Mirpurkhas at cost of Rs 119.97 million, Allied Facilities at Jacobabad Institute of Medical Sciences at the cost of Rs 478.26 million and other schemes in districts N.Froze, Jamshoro,Badin and T.M.Khan worth millions rupees will be completed during current fiscal year in order to benefit the patients. ‘ Mr. Dahar directed the officers concerned to complete the schemes on time to save public money. In a meeting Dengue Control Program manager Sindh Dr.Masood Solangi while presenting weekly report briefed the provincial health minister that during last week as many 20 cases of dengue diagnosed patients were reported all over Sindh, out which 16 were belonged to Karachi while two patients were reported in Hyderabad and each one was from Shaheed Benazirabad and Sukkur. The health minister was further informed that so far 237 patients affected by dengue virus had been reported since January 2016. However the minister health directed program manager to speed up drive against dengue virus. (MU)
Teachers’ Literature Festival encourages the learning Pakistan needs
KARACHI: The 5th Teachers’ Literature Festival (TLF) was held at the Dawood Public School Karachi yesterday by Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA), in collaboration with Oxford University Press, Dawood Public School and Karachi Youth Initiative (KYI). With the attendance of over 4000 teachers, the festival was filled with excitement and eagerness to learn different ways of teaching and delivering material effectively during classes. TLF started in 2014 with the Board of Directors of CLF wanting to engage teachers in the process of loving literature and implementing the same in classrooms. 70% of the teachers attending TLF were from primary government schools travelling from all over Karachi.
The CEO of the Children’s Literature Festival (CLF), Maham Ali said, “Our mission is to provide quality education to all children from all backgrounds without any discrimination. We work with the government and most of the teachers are from government schools present here today. We hope that teachers will take what they learn today and implement it to create a more inclusive and creative learning environment for the students in Pakistan.”
Quin SQ Thong an author from Hong Kong, while expressing her feelings about the festival said, “The vibrant happy children eagerly reading books here, absorbing new ideas and quickly sharing their new found knowledge is amazing.” “I can’t wait to be back at another Children’s Literature Festival,” she added.
“This is such a fruitful platform to train the teachers and encourage them to pass on the information, not only to the students but other teachers and school management as well” said the teachers attending from the Qamar-e-Bani Hashim Higher Secondary School and College. Sessions from the day included; the Art of Reading with Expression with Rumana Husain, Integrating Arts with Skill Training by Salma Habib, Brain Based Learning by ITA’s Teacher’s Without Frontiers, Theater Workshop by Zain Ahmed, Teachers as Critical Thinkers by Teachers’ Resource Center, Teachers as Peace Promoters and Agents of Change by Lubna Panjwani, Comics for Social Change by Imran Azhar, and Enjoy Teaching Large Classes by Talha Saleem.
Other resource persons from the day included; Managing Director of Oxford University Press and Co- Founder of CLF Ameena Saiyid and CEO of Dawood Foundation Sabrina Dawood, author of CLF magazine Amra Alam, journalist Zubeida Mustafa, writer and poet Fahmida Riaz, Marketing Director OUP Raheela Baqai. “The TLF is a critical part of the social movement on reframing education and learning as well as creating content for meaningful education in Pakistan” says Baela Raza Jamil, Founder of CLF.
With the ending of such lively two days of the Children’s Literature Festival, the Teacher’s Literature Festival ensured an even more inspiring closing to the festivities of learning. With that, the CLF team leaves Karachi in hope of a change in thinking and systems of education with an emphasis on literature.