Hamshahri For Kids (the name of a popular magazine for kids age 6 to 12)
The editor-in-chief’s office;15-7-7
Along with some of my colleagues, I went to Hamshahri For the Kid’s’ head office. Hamshahri For Kids is a children’s magazine that is not exactly the oldest or the most experienced one in its field, but throughout its short existence, it has been very successful compared to competitors in terms of sales and customer satisfaction. Ms. Fooladvand, the editor-in-chief, was Hamshahri For Kids’ secret to success. She was super creative, well educated, and meticulous, and she cared about each and every word being written in the magazine. She was also familiar with the kid’s needs and knew how to make the magazine appealing to the kids so that they would buy and read them. She believed in order to keep kids away from mobile phones, I-pads, and other unproductive activities, and to attract them to read and learn, the editors should keep their nose to the grindstone. Within the two and a half hours meeting we had at her office, she talked us through years of her experience being an editor and also told me about her Afghani teacher at primary school. She said, “I still remember Ms. Bahar’s face, my Afghani teacher who happened to be my neighbor as well, and I am still grateful for her hard work which caused me to learn English very well.”

Before we wrap up the meeting, she advised us “I see you have started social activities for kids, and it might look easy at first but in fact, working with kids is a very difficult task and comes with lots of responsibilities. You must read twice and work twice; you should be creative, think like kids, and understand their feelings and their needs. You must also understand the migrant kids, and then you can write and publish books and magazines for them. It is so much effort but it can be done. Otherwise, if you don’t work hard enough you would be betraying kids.”