Children’s books author, Bernadette Wirtz visited the Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School, Islamabad campus, says a press release.
Wirtz has worked extensively in educational publishing in Asia for over 14 years publishing a number of titles for English Language Teaching. The purpose of her visit was to talk to the students about their likes and interests when it comes to reading stories. Wirtz will be putting together new readers for primary and secondary classes that will incorporate cultural content and elements from Asian cultures.
Wirtz took a tour of the campus to see the resources available to the students. She was particularly interested in the library and the IT lab. She observed English classes from primary to lower secondary while they were in session. She asked the students what they knew about their neighbouring countries, their cultures and what sports and games the children over there played. She questioned the students about their favourite genre of stories, if they liked mystery and suspense or science fiction and fantasy.
Festivals were discussed and Wirtz was told about the celebration of the ‘Basant’ (kite flying) Festival to welcome spring. The significance of Monsoons was mentioned, how people make special food to distribute to their neighbours and how rainy weather is a joyous occasion for adults and children alike.
Wirtz then sat down with SLS Schools Managing Director Asiya Talha and Principal, SLS Islamabad campus, Shahida Khurshid to discuss more in detail the kind of readers that would be a source of joy and inspiration to students. The students were very excited about their visitor and gathered around her after school hours to ask questions and make friends.