International Conference on Literacy through Literature held
By OUR STAFF REPORTER |
Wed, 12 -Feb, 2014
Dehradun, 11 Feb: The International Conference on Literacy through Literature was held at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi from 6 to 8 February. It was organised by the Association of Writers and Illustrators for Children. The association is doing wonderful work to promote the reading habit among children under the able guidance of Manorama Jafa, Nilima Sinha and Indira Bagchi. Ratna Manucha, Principal, LFS, attended the conference in her capacity as a writer of children’s stories and as a life member of the above mentioned association. Union Minister of State, HRD, Dr Shashi Tharoor was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Over a period of three days, a variety of programmes were held including workshops on creative writing, storytelling and one act plays. The wide range of topics discussed and debated included the role of books, nurturing the creative imagination, children’s literature, graphic novels, technology and books, the role of libraries and exhibitions in promoting literature and oral traditions of storytelling. An important point that was brought out was the idea of classroom libraries as it was felt that making a library especially in the rural areas was not feasible. Thus, books to be put in individual classes could be considered. The conference was attended by members of AWIC who are writers and illustrators from 14 countries such as Japan, Indonesia, Finland, Singapore, Australia, Greece, etc. It was an excellent forum to exchange ideas and discuss ideas to promote literacy among youngsters. The discussions resulted in meaningful conclusions that could be adopted for the promotion of literacy and the development of suitable literature for all ages. The Chief Guest at the valedictory function was Rajarshi Bhattacharya, Secretary, HRD. It ended with a breathtaking performance by danseuse Shovana Narayan and her troupe, titled Bapu and Rumbha.