Vol. 5 Num 816 Tue. September 12, 2006  

Children Products, Edutainment Fair on in city

The 1st Children Products and Edutainment Fair 2006 has got underway in the capital.

The fair began at Bashundhara City on Thursday aiming to commence a movement for quality product and service for children.

Adpoint Ltd and Communicare events organised the fair with The Daily Star as media partner.

The fair began with the slogan ' Quality child products, educative entertainment, enlightened future'.

A total of 70 companies are participating in the fair with 70 stalls and 13 pavilions.

It will continue till Friday from 10:00am to 9:00pm daily.

The fair with its exceptional feature attracts a large number of visitors and creates a scope of participation for the disadvantaged children through cultural programmes taking place every afternoon.

Visually impaired Shukkur Ali, who came from Mohakhali Disabled Foundation, was seen very cheerful as he played flute for the first time before a huge audience that came to the fair.

Children from the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), Antaranga Shishu Foundation and Bangladesh Bank Adarsha Uchcha Bidyalay also participated in singing, recitation, drama and puppet show.

"I have got the opportunity to come to Bashundhara City thanks to this fair, and my participation in the cultural programme has made me think that I am also able to perform like other children," said Minu, a physically challenged child of the CRP.

Different organisations working for child development can visit and take part in cultural programmes at free of cost, Director of Adpoint Mohammad Gias Uddin said, adding that the fair tends to create a cheerful world and child-friendly environment.

Besides displaying of selective paintings and handicrafts, competitions are also held among the school students in literary and cultural events.

Registrations for ' Searching Child Stars' are also taking place in the fair for a 13-episode drama that would be broadcast in television.

The entrance is free for children below 12, but it will cost Tk 10 for adults with a free ride at Toggi World.