Mohamed bin Zayed offers AED 3 mn grant to young readers

WAM Abu Dhabi, Apr 25th, 2013 (WAM)– His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), has offered a grant worth AED 3 million to encourage students to purchase books during the 23rd Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF).

Dr. Mugheer Al Khaili, ADEC’s Director General, expressed his appreciation towards H.H’s generous offer, adding that the ADIBF is one of the most significant cultural events organized in Abu Dhabi over the last two decades.

“As usual, our prudent and generous leadership is keen to allocate funds necessary to allow students to buy books through ADIBF. In our keenness to encourage our youth to participate in the ADIBF, ADEC has communicated with all schools across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in order to facilitate student visits to book fair. Students will be exposed to various useful experiences and activities, including Abu Dhabi Reads campaign activities at ADEC’s pavilion,” said Dr. Al Khaili.

ADEC has actively participated in the ADIBF in order to help create a generation equipped with knowledge and up-to-date technology necessary to contribute to the UAE’s socio-economic development. This comes in parallel with ADEC’s Abu Dhabi Reads campaign that aims to promote reading among students and community members in general. The campaign will continue until the end of this month.

Ms. Hanan Al Sahlawi, ADEC’s Strategic Communication and Media Manager, said that ADEC’s Abu Dhabi Reads campaign pavilion at ADIBF offers wide variety of activities in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Municipality and the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi.

“Targeting Kindergarten and Cycle 1 school students, various activities, such as free reading, storytelling and language competitions, are designed to achieve the four principles of the campaign, which include Fun, Knowledge, Opportunities and Inspiration,” said Ms. Al Sahlawi.

Speaking about the initiative, a number of students thanked their school for giving them the chance to visit the book fair each year and to become exposed to a huge number of books and activities. “Thanks to the annual grant from our prudent leadership, we are encouraged to buy many books,” said the students.

Teachers said that “the continuous support from the UAE leaders encourages children to develop their reading skills. Allocation of funds allows students to invest in books.” ADEC’s participation in ADIBF through the Abu Dhabi Reads campaign pavilion makes children more attached to books, while the attractive language activities help them develop their literacy skills within an enjoyable environment, added the teachers.

“It is really important to arrange for student visits to the book fair. Clearly, children enjoy the activities and like book titles. We have helped them choose books consistent with their interests or related to their studies,” agreed teachers.