A four-day ‘Book Development Workshop’ for children’s books was held in Lahore from 1st to 4th February under the auspices of Room to Read (RtR) and Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) under its Pakistan Literacy Project at Faletti’s hotel Lahore. It was conducted by Mahesh Prathirathna of RtR and Rumana Husain of ITA.
It was the first time in the country that writers, illustrators, editors and art editors had come together from Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Swat, and other places to collaborate on this project. The publishers who participated are: the National Book Foundation (NBF), Alif Laila Book Bus Society (ALBBS) and Maqbool Academy. Reviewers from the Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB), Directorate of Curriculum Assessment & Research Sindh (DCAR), Sindh Textbook Board (STB), Sindhi Language Authority (SLA), and the National Curriculum Council Pakistan (NCC) also participated.
During the visit to Pakistan for the Book Development Workshop, Mahesh Prathirathna took out time to visit PLP established School Libraries and Classroom Corner Libraries in government partner schools. Mahesh interacted with the students and talked to them about their favorite books, he also discussed the importance and the impact of good books and libraries on children development and learning with the school teachers and principals.
PLP has established child-friendly Library rooms in 24 primary schools (12 in Bahawalpur and 12 in Lahore) and the establishment of classroom library corners in 10 more schools (05 in Bahawalpur and 05 in Lahore).