Thar Education Festival 9th November 2020
Thar education Festival 2019 will be started at Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Culture Complex Mithi on 9th November 2019 in order to promote scientific thinking among the students of this region through direct observations and participation.
Create awareness among students about science and related knowledge, the festival is organized in partnership with Chief Monitoring Office Tharparkar Education Department and local social NGOs.
Chief Monitoring Officer Tharparkar Muhammad Ismail Kunbhaar Said that the festival would be organized at the district level in which all talukas of the district would represent their activities. He also directed the Heads of all schools and colleges to make sure their contribution to the event.
More than 15,000 students from over 100 government and private schools and science enthusiasts visited the two-day first-ever ‘Thar Science Festival’ that concluded at the Shaheed Benazir Cultural Complex here on Thursday.
The festival was jointly organized by Thar Education Alliance (TEA), Alif Ailaan and Thar education department’s office of chief monitoring officer (CMO).
TEA’s Partab Shivani and CMO Samiullah Sanjrani told journalists that the largest science festival held for the first time ever in Thar was a shining example for all district administrations across the country to replicate it in their areas.
“Such events are especially important to familiarise school administrations, teachers and students with unique ways to teach and understand basic science concepts in an interesting and engaging manner,” they said.
They said that it was a pleasant shock for them to see the unprecedented response from students of the area, considered to be one of the most backward regions of the country.
Students from all over Thar set up over 100 stalls to showcase their creative works on different themes and aspects of science, they said.
The students expressed their joy and gratitude for getting an opportunity to display their innovative products.
Some of the popular exhibits included planetarium by Pakistan Science Foundation, a fruit piano created by Learn-o-Bots and a mental arithmetic exercise conducted by Robotech.
The girl students from Bright Future School and Lata Shah from Government Primary School, North Colony Mithi, surprised the visitors with their knowledge about hydraulics and water filters, respectively. Abdul Rehman of class four was the star of the festival, attracting large audiences, for explaining Pythagoras Theorem in an interesting manner.
Several renowned personalities including Dr. Beekha Ram, vice-chancellor of the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, visited the stalls and praised the festival organizers and students.
At a session for career counseling, Dr. Beekha Ram spoke about medical science, noted activist from Islamabad Meena Gabina talked about women education and the challenges Thari women were faced with and the first barrister from Thar lectured on law and urged participants to study law.
The organizers gave away awards including eight laptops, 31 tablets, mobile phones and cash awards to 160 students, who had clinched the top three positions in a mathematics test held on Jan 20.
Army Public School, Mithi, grabbed the first position for setting up the most beautiful stall, while a local trader, Partab Lakhwani, gave a gold medal to the student who had decorated the stall.
The other students, who won top positions included Eshwar Lal, Asadullah, Guriya, Pirachi, Imtiaz Ali Rajar, Uzma, Naqqash, Rabia, Ajmal, Moomal, Anusha and Mohen Lal.
Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari also praised the festival in his tweet, saying: “The festival is a wonderful initiative that allows the children of Thar to learn and engage with science in a practical way.
“My heartfelt gratitude and congratulations go to everyone who has made it possible.”