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Teaching children about climate change

  • Published at 08:14 pm November 9th, 2019
Author and illustrator Curtis Jobling in a session titled Words and Pictures: Bob to RaaRaa at Nazrul Moncho, on Saturday, November 9, 2019 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

The Climate Crisis Game session was designed for children aged between 9 to 13

Light drizzle or downpour-- nothing could stop the enthusiasm of the little visitors at the Dhaka Lit Fest to engage in various activities and attend sessions on the last day of the festival. 

Author and illustrator Curtis Jobling, whose vast array of work includes famous animated TV show Bob the Builder, shared the story behind creating the characters in the session titled Words and Pictures: Bob to RaaRaa at Nazrul Moncho, on Saturday. 

“Many people think Bob the builder was created in Hollywood. But I created the character in my home in Manchester,” said Curtis. 

He said all that matters is to keep the hobby and nurture it if anybody wishes to be an artist, author or illustrator. 

He told Dhaka Tribune after the session that, if any aspiring Bangladeshi artists want to be successful in this field, they need to collaborate and share their ideas with local publishers. 

Parisa Radi, a seventh grader, travelled all the way from Narayanganj to Dhaka with her teachers and schoolmates of Heritage School to attend Dhaka Lit Fest. 

She told Dhaka Tribune that she found the sessions for children very informative. 

“However, I would say it would be beneficial for us if they can design any session on anti-bullying in schools for next year’s Dhaka Lit Fest,” she said.

Samiya Selim, one of the hosts of The Climate Crisis Game, told Dhaka Tribune this session has been designed for children aged between 9 to 13 to inform and engage them about climate change issues. 

“Children like Greta Thunberg are leading climate strikes all over the world. Our goal is to engage our children to act on climate change,” she said. 

Children took part in climate change quizzes, and engaged in information sharing and debunking the myths about climate change. 

Zeeshan Kingshuk Huq brought his 11-year-old and 9-year-old to the festival so that they understand that learning can be fun. 

“The best part of most of the sessions for children is that children get to interact and engage in fun activities and, at the same time, they can learn a lot of things by participating in these sessions,” he told Dhaka Tribune.