Day-long learning festival brings govt, private teachers together.

KARACHI -- The Teachers Learning Festival Karachi, co-hosted by the Idara-i-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) and Durbeen, kicked in at the Government Elementary College of Education, Hussainabad on Wednesday.

The free-for-public event for teachers, which was curated and managed by the Pakistan Learning Festival (PLF), a social movement by ITA, was attended by teachers from the government, private and non-formal sectors, including special needs teachers.

All teachers were looking to enhance their content and pedagogy skills in the curriculum areas of climate change, performing arts and mental health.

The festival was held at a time when the country has been ravaged by floods and is facing a climate change emergency. Thousands of schools and teachers have been affected, with millions of children at risk of dropping out of school and also suffering learning losses. So, the aim of the festival was to introduce best practices with a focus on 'Actionable Skills/Practices with Social Emotional Learning Skills' at its centre.

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Around 40 celebrity authors, educators, psychologists, storytellers, theater artists, climate change and science/robotics/coding experts, musicians, and publishers were also present at the festival, who conducted over 23 interactive sessions with teachers on innovative...

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