Educating The Imagination: Teacher development for enhancing creativity and criticality
Most current national curriculums stress the importance of creativity and criticality as key life skills that must be fostered in children in formal education systems. These capacities are seen as imperative to the development of responsible citizens, enriched individuals and skilled workforces. While Pakistan’s education policy recognises the importance of encouraging creativity and critical thinking in the school system, actual teaching promotes rote-learning and knowledge acquisition rather than critical engagement and creativity, limiting students’ ability to question, generate novel ideas and solutions and think out-of-the-box. The project aims to enhance students’ creativity and critical thinking by developing teachers’ capacity to create a classroom environment conducive to fostering imagination.
Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) in London
Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) will be launched in London at Southbank Centre, as part of their Alchemy festival. The Karachi Literature Festival (KLF), produced by the University Press (OUP) Pakistan, is Pakistan’s biggest literary event. It has been a resounding success since its launch in March 2010. The KLF is a reflection of Pakistan’s historical roots as expressed in a multiplicity of languages and in various forms of writing. The first of a kind in Pakistan, it is open to all and free, and bring together authors writing in diverse languages and genres. They feature debates, discussions, lectures, mushaira, a book fair, book launches, readings, signings, comedy, satire, theatre, film screenings, music, and dance. KLF London edition will be produced on the same lines. Oxford University Press (OUP) Pakistan and Bloomsbury Pakistan are partners in the KLF London project.
Democracy and Political Literacy
We share a broad commitment to progressive ideas and democracy which we see as a “mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience”. A conjoint communicated experience cannot be realised without a shared – not necessarily agreed upon – discourse which allows people to participate in public discourse in an informed and critical manner. The creation, criticism and sustenance of this shared vocabulary is the task of political literacy – a task that becomes urgent when ideas such as democracy, human rights and egalitarian policies are not seen by many as native to the land, rather these are seen to be in tension with the received notions of culture and religion in particular. Read more…