Under the patronage and presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Arab Reading Challenge champion at its second session, the prestigious award-winning school of the million dollars, and the distinguished supervisor in the Arab world will be crowned today at a ceremony held at Dubai Opera Theater, with a total amount of prizes that reaches up to 3 million dollars.
The finalists concluded their final exams on their countries' levels, where they underwent final oral and written tests before the jury for two days, according to special criteria for the selection of 3 students who will compete in front of the audience for the title of the champion of the Arab Reading Challenge in its second edition.
The 16 students reached the final stage after competing with more than 7 million and 400 thousand students from 41 thousand schools which participated in the Challenge in 25 Arab countries. 6 schools reached the final stage and one of them will win the most prestigious school award in the Challenge. The schools are Al Hasad Al Tarbawi from Jordan and Emirates National School from the UAE, Arraba Elementary School from Palestine, and Abdel Hamid Dar Abid High School from Algeria, Al Iman Private School for Girls in Bahrain and Hassan Abu Bakr School of Languages from Egypt.
The challenge prize is $150,000, The winning school is awarded $ 1 million, distributed as follows: $100,000 to the director who helped his school reach this level, and $100,000 to the outstanding supervisor who urged students to participate in the challenge of reading Arabic, and $800 thousand is awarded to the school, in addition to many awards distributed to the top ten students for their roles in the Challenge, supervisors and challenge team.
On the first day of the finals, students Mustapha Abaddadi from Mauritania, Bouchra Meissoum from Algeria, Afaf Sharif from Palestine, Rabab Mubarak Abdelnasser from Tunisia, Teka Adnani from Morocco, Alaa Jafar al-Bashir from Sudan and Hafsa al-Zanhani from United Arab Emirates competed.
On the second day, students Dhaa Mahmoud Hussain from Jordan, Noor Tabu from Lebanon, Aisha Badi'e from Bahrain, Shaima Al-Omari from Kuwait, Shaza Al-Tuwairqi from Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Mukhtar Al-Salman from Saudi Arabia, Abdullah Mohammed Ammar from Egypt, Sherif Sayed Mustafa from Egypt, and Sama Bent Saleh Al Ameri from Oman have all competed.
The Arab Reading Challenge, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is part of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum's global initiatives, seeks to promote reading and learning among young people, promote the knowledge structure of knowledge societies, and promote the values of openness, tolerance and acceptance of the other among young people.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched the Arab Reading Challenge at its first session in 2015 to encourage one million students read 50 million books in one year, but the results exceeded the expectations with more than 3.5 million students who read 150 million books in one year. Student Mohammed Abdullah Jlood from Algeria won the Challenge of Reading Arabic in its first session, while the school «Talai'i Al-Amal Secondary School for Girls» in Palestine won the prize for «School Excellence».
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