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The ministry of Education (MoE) approved its strategic plan to activate the national reading policy based on directives including: UAE Vision 2021, Government Excellence System, National Reading Policy, Smart Government Initiative and National Innovation Strategy. The ministry formed the UAE Reads teams on the level of the ministry, educational zones and schools which included students, parents and influencers in the community in addition to employees in the ministry and the field. Several initiatives that targeted students, ministry and field employees, parents, individuals and community institutions. The ministry adopted assessment tools and follow-up for those initiatives through an assessment form and periodical field visits to evaluate students' interest in reading.
Initiative Name: Adding novels to the systematic reading in grades 9, 10, 11, 12
This initiative aims to teach students analytical reading of high models of international and Arab literature.
Initiative Date: September 2016 – June 2017
Initiative Name: Launching Reading Clubs at Schools
Dedication of an innovative reading corner in each school (Reading Club) which grants honorary membership to local community members and influencers according to their cultural and literature contributions.
Initiative Name: Summer Reading Festival
A summer reading program for students and employee's children with the participation of community members which included reading sessions with volunteers and parents.
Initiative Name: Reading is Leading
Reading has been included in the schools' operational plan to create a reading generation that meets the aspirations of the wise leadership and can lead the future by activating the reading activity during classrooms.
Initiative Name: Reading Carnival
As part of the National Reading Policy initiatives, a reading festival was held (Reading Carnival under the theme of "Reading is Happiness"). The reading torch was launched from the top of flag post in Sharjah the cultural capital, on Khorfakkan Corniche. The festival included all schools "Annual Reading Festival" with participation of schools' students and employees of various entities.
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