This third edition of Kitaabo which witnessed a turnout of about 15000 children along with adults and teachers was unique in its approach. This was the ﬁrst time that children from various parts of Jodhpur created unique art installations weaving their own stories through creative thinking. Moreover, 75 experts from all over the world inspired the children via 240 sessions. Around 30 schools, private and government, from in and around Jodhpur participated.
Owing to the tremendous response received by the festival’s initial attempt, a second edition was conducted in December 2017. The second edition saw a turnout of over 12000 children and adults. Though most content was curated such as to have educational value for all ages as such, but we also like to address speciﬁc themes of gender equality and womens’ liberation, environmental concerns, preservation of ethnic art and culture & religious and cultural assimilation. The second edition also saw the introduction of a the Kitaabo literary quiz. More than 60 experts took around 200 sessions for the participants.
The ﬁrst edition of Kitaabo saw a turnout of over 8000 children plus several hundred adults, outreach to over twenty local schools, spanning three days from 19 to 21 January 2017. We approached the school administrators to invite children in deﬁned groups and match them with age appropriate sessions. Over 50 resource persons from remote corners had attended Kitaabo. The resource persons came from varied backgrounds – career authors and professional storytellers as also the inimitable grandmother from the home next door.
17-19 December, 2019
Vidyashram International School Jodhpur
desert leaf foundation