Dhaka, Oct 10 (UNB) – To celebrate World Children’s Day and Child Rights Week 2019, Bangladesh Shishu Academy and private voluntary organization Khelna Bank are jointly organizing the second edition of ‘Khelna Mela’ (Toy Fair)- a unique fair dedicated to children and upholding some lofty principles at the academy premises.
The event was inaugurated by State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Fazilatunnesa Indira on Wednesday. Bangladesh Shishu Academy’s chairperson Lucky Enam and director Anjir Liton were also present at the inauguration.
With the motto “Learning through playing”- the fair is offering play zones for kids and amusement features such as toy train rides and bioscope, gift corners and a great number of toy stalls.
Besides, the event is specially focused to promote traditional Bengali games and sports which the children visiting the fair can partake in.
According to the organizers, the initiative has drawn a great response from kids and parents from all over the city. Having no social and class discriminations in mind, guardians are bringing their children to take part in vintage, traditional games and activities and also rewarding them with a grand collection of toys.
“Our traditional toys are not getting featured prominently and losing market to the international toy manufacturers at an alarming rate. The distance between the two parties is also ruining our children’s opportunities to explore both- thus we took this initiative with the hope to close the gap as much as possible so that our traditional toys can also get a deserving fan-base from this generation and also the global market,” an organizer told UNB regarding the event.
Khelna Bank and Build Bangladesh, the official co-organizers of Khelna Mela, are operating a ‘caring through sharing’ initiative since 2015, which is designed to inspire privileged children to share their toys with the unprivileged children in society- through which they can learn to grow and live together forging a society free from discrimination.
The fair is scheduled to run till 14th October, with entry open and free for all, from 3pm-8pm every day.