The Citizens Archive of Pakistan – Newsletter sep 2015


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The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP) has been shortlisted as one of the eight finalists for the eNGO Challenge South Asia Award 2015 in the category of ‘Best Use of e-Content’. Visit to see our work showcased on the eNGO Challenge website.

CAP has the privilege of being selected from a total of 67 finalists out of 225 nominations received from 8 countries across South Asia and our Executive Director, Ms. Swaleha Alam Shahzada has been invited to represent the organisation at the eNGO Gala Evening in Delhi on 9th October 2015.

The eNGO Challenge is a platform that aims to recognise and honour South Asian NGOs that use information technology and digital media tools for various purposes such as operations, governance, marketing, etc.

The Lahore team is all set for the ‘CAP Lollywood Night: Old is Gold’ a fundraiser that will recreate the magic of the golden days of the Lollywood industry, celebrating the quality of cinematic ventures produced in the past. Funds raised will go towards supporting the ongoing heritage and educational ventures at CAP. The event will be held on Saturday, October 17th, 2015 at Ali Auditorium in Lahore.

The fundraiser will be a screening of the 60’s blockbuster ‘Armaan’, featuring the charismatic duo: ‘chocolate hero’ Waheed Murad and the gorgeous Zeba. ‘Armaan’ was a blockbuster hit at the time of its release – the Murad-Zeba duo wowed the audience and the iconic ‘Coco Co Rina’ is still hailed as one of the most popular tunes ever produced by Pakistani cinema. The film broke several records at the box office: It ran for over 75 weeks in the country, achieving the feat of becoming the first ‘Platinum Jubilee’ movie in Lollywood, along with bagging several Nigar awards, including the ‘Best Film’ for 1966.

With a red carpet planned for the screening, the event hopes to recreate the ambience of Pakistani cinema in the sixties. CAP will also display merchandise and place Donation Boxes at the venue while external vendors will be present to sell refreshments at the event.


full-ohp-imageThe Citizens Archive of Pakistan’s Oral History Project team interviewed Mr. Abdul Sattar Khan Sheerani this month. He has served as Regional Commissioner of Income Tax for the regions of Sindh and Balochistan.

Mr. Sheerani shared his arduous migration journey to Pakistan with CAP. He spoke about how he reached Pakistan on the 7th of September in 1947 on the first special train that had been set up for refugees from Agra. He remembered being consumed with fear when he was travelling by train a he witnessed people being attacked at every station.

He also shared a few memories that had left an impression on him. When Mr. Sheerani and his family reached Khokhrapar railway station in Sindh, there were hundreds of people distributing food, water and other necessities to the refugees coming from India.

And once they reached Hyderabad, they were warmly welcomed at the station by fellow Pakistanis and even a few leaders from the Muslim League who seemed to be waiting for their arrival. Mr. Sheerani expressed how grateful and relieved he felt at this moment.

He also narrated his experiences during the brief time he spent at the Refugee Camp based in the premises of ‘Abdul Qayyum’ School. He lived in Hyderabad from 1947 to 1961 where he completed his education and then moved to Karachi in 1962 for work purposes.

karachi-imgResuming School Outreach Tours after the summer vacations, the team was excited to take on board a new school.

The workshop modules this month covered ‘Culture’ and ‘History and Civilizations’ in two schools. Students were able to learn about the different cultures that exist in Pakistan through numerous activities which they enjoyed.

The module on history introduced students to the mechanisms used for recording history, the concepts of date and time along with BC and AD as well as calendars. Students also studied the history of human settlements through presentations on ancient river civilizations and various activities.

The Outreach team also had CAP SHEEP Mobile Library tours in partner schools. Students’ interest in borrowing and reading books has increased tremendously. The team also started working to improve the writing skills of the students and creative writing sessions were introduced during the library session.

To spur the professional growth of the Outreach Tours team, in-house workshops and external trainings also happened this month. With the curriculum development and review in process, teachers involved in the process of curriculum development participated in a workshop on ‘Framing Learning Objectives’.


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