Ministry of Education Launches Reading Carnival at Sharjah Al Majaz Waterfront
Ministry of Education has launched a reading carnival at the Al Majaz Waterfront in Sharjah in conjunction with the launch of the National Month of Reading initiative on 1/3/2017. 2000 students from schools across the UAE took part in addition to Ministry of Education leaders and officials of public and private institutions with the purpose of instilling the love for reading in children and adults alike to make reading a way of life for them.
The carnival, attended by Marwan Al Sawaleh, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education for Academic Affairs, included a series of reading activities, used books fair, workshops such as artists workshop, books making, write your story of clay in addition to entertaining, cultural and educational shows that focus primarily on kids and school students given that the Month of Reading initiative is a systematic strategy that mainly target imparting reading in new generations. This is achieved by establishing reading efforts nationwide and building cultural foundations by empowering the generation which forms the main fortune as well as promoting knowledge-based economy as a bridge to the future.
During March, the ministry organizes 450 events and workshops on the level of the ministry and schools including the reading days of the Ministry on which literary people are invited, reading and discussing literary works in addition to the languages forum event which showcases and discusses reading strategies in English and Arabic through a workshop and presenting papers. Events also include "Glimpses of Wisdom activity" which is an initiative dedicated to reading among the ministry's employees and conducting a questionnaire about the Reading Oasis initiative to learn about the interests of the employees and meet their intellectual needs in addition to English spelling contests to help student s enhance their English language capabilities and excel in spelling as well as instilling a competitive spirit in students.
The ministry also launches a series of cultural competitions including Reading Torch for schools nationwide for all grades where each school strives to achieve the highest number of free reading hours daily by dedicating 20 reading minutes a day. Additionally, entrepreneurship stimulating event that includes a set of competition among educational institutions, staff and students such as Outstanding School in Reading Award and Outstanding Family in promoting reading in addition to a Reading Marathon and Reading Radar and students' debates.
The ministry worked on linking human initiatives by organizing visits to the Elderly centers, disabled centers and students with learning difficulties and ill children in Al Jalila Hospital and holding appropriate reading workshop.
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