A monthly sitting was recently held by Read Pakistan – KSA chapter Eastern Province in a Local Restaurant of Al – Khobar on 27th Sep’2019.
The gathering was held as a follow up of their new reading initiative which hopes to promote the culture of reading books among the youth. The theme of this second session was Hope, Courage and Dream.
The event was organized under the leadership of Mr. Ahsan Mehmood Malik, President Read Pakistan. Followed by his team members, Mrs Numera Mohsin ( Vice President), Mrs Javeria Asad ( Event Secretary), Ms. Zunaira Zulnoon ( Joint Secretary) and Mr. Asad Ali Hassan ( Finance Head).
As per the schedule two books were discussed in this session Fully Charged – by Tom Rath for adults and Robinson Crusoe – by Daniel Dafoe for kids.
The program was hosted by Ms Zunaira Zulnoon which was started with the recitation of the first eight verses of Surah Alaq by Hafiz Areesh Ayaz. Which was later followed by an introduction to Read Pakistan by Mr. Ahsan Mehmood in which he emphasized the need of literary skills for our youth. He encouraged the attendees to adapt the habit of book reading in their lives as it not helps them encourage their children but also would help them unwind from the stressful daily life events. He delivered the goal of building of libraries in Pakistan for government schools under the banner of Read Pakistan.
After the introduction Mrs.Javeria Asad gave a book review for “Fully charged” by Tom Rath. She delivered the true essence of the book to the audience and concluded on the need that “life needs consistent motivation which comes from self-care. She encouraged the attendees to shape up their life by small changes in their daily life routine.” She later asked club member Mrs.Robina Shaheen to give her interpretation of the book. After a prayer break the session moved towards the second book review of Robinson Crusoe – by Daniel Dafoe which was conducted by Ms. Zunaira Zulnoon. In this review she targeted the young audience and used daily life examples which complemented the true meaning of the novel. She concluded on the note that “we all live every day but we die only once, so with the every new sunrise we get a new chance in life, so we should never give up and continue to work hard with courage and determination”. Later on our Junior Read Ambassador Mr. Mohammad Hanzala from Pakistan International School- Al Khobar gave his interpretation of the book summary and the lessons he was able to learn. Ms. Fatima Zulnoon from ISG- Dammam and Javeria Shahid from Pakistan International School gave their interpretation as well of Robinson Crusoe and how they were able to enjoy the many lessons learned.
In this event Read Pakistan emphasized on the psychological aspect of these two books and how to properly understand the true essence of these books. Therefore a youth empowerment session was conducted by Mrs. Numera Mohsin (psychologist). This session covered the essence of both books, In her session she elaborated that how Dream, Hope, and Courage are interconnected for assurance of success in life. She concluded her session that “how youth could stimulate their mental abilities towards achieving the state of Flow and to finally reach happiness in life.”
Kids were encouraged to bring their favorite books and give a review on them. Among the audience members Mr. Huzaifa from Asia international School shared his favorite book “the Mummy’s Curse- by Catherine Chambers.
New read Ambassadors, Mr. Muzzam Irshad, Muhammad Hanzala, Abdullah bin Rashid from Pakistan International School and Mr. Raeid Hashmi from Bangladesh International School were welcomed on board by the Read Pakistan Core Team along with Mr. Saad Hashmi as an event Coordinator.
To conclude the event, refreshments were served for the guests and a brain storming session was conducted to welcome new ideas and suggestions.