KARACHI: “We organize several events at Arts Council, throughout the year, but the event which has impacted the most to our society is The YOUTH FESTIVAL. This year Youth Festival 2018 is commencing from 10th January 2018”. This information was revealed by Muhammad Ahmed Shah- President Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi at a crowded press conference on Tuesday, here, at the Arts Council.
He said around 300,000 students, both male and female, without any discrimination of their caste, creed and social status have been provided training in the various discipline of performing arts in the last ten years. There are more than 13 categories including singing, dancing, speech, photography, essay writing, theatre, short filmmaking, paintings etc.
He said that this year we had trained seventeen thousand students of school, college and university level in six districts of Karachi. The training was provided in English, Urdu and Sindhi languages in the categories of essay writing, the art of speech and declamation, painting, photography and music.
He added that the chief guest of this grand function on January 10th, 2018 will be the Governor of Sindh, Mohammad Zubair. The chief guest will present acknowledgment shields to the vice chancellors, principals and the teachers who have co-operated with the Arts Council for providing training to their students in the respective fields.
Ahmed Shah said over a decade, around one million youth has been benefitted from different training programs arranged and conducted by the Arts Council. The people of Karachi soon will realize a great job of the Arts Council, once this remarkable talent will be introduced and presented in front of the general public.
‘Every year more than five hundred events are arranged by the Arts Council and it may be noted that the Youth Festival which being held for the last Ten years had a great impact on the society, especially the youth of this city, who now participates in these Youth Festivals in a very large number. This year in a pilot project, we had selected 109 educational institutions from 6 districts of Karachi and sent 100 Arts Council trained instructors to train the students on their premises. Through this process, 17,000 students have been trained. We strongly believe that these trainings will benefit the students in their practical life, as well. 78 schools, 19 colleges and 12 Universities are onboard with us for this festival.
Explaining the goals and objectives of the Youth Festival, Ahmed Shah said the extremism in the educational institutions could be eliminated by fostering there performing art activities.
‘We repeatedly ask from the government authorities to include fine arts and skills development in the curriculum of different classes and grades, but, so far nothing has been done. Arts Council, Karachi now presenting this program as a model, which may encourage the Government to follow the suit, after witnessing the marvellous results of this program’.
Throughout the month of January, competitions will be held in different districts of Karachi. In February, a central competition will be held. The winners will be awarded PKR 100,000 cash prize.
Ahmed Shah further said, “It will be the first time in 70 years history of Pakistan that such kind of trainings has been provided to the students. These training programs will help the students to enhance their skills and would be helpful in their professional lives. These successful students will be introduced to the Media from 10th January.
Asjad Bukhari, Chairman Youth committee, and Danyal Umar, Co-coordinator Youth Pilot Project were also present at the press conference.