UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced ...
UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced, through social media, that March will be the National Month of Reading.
His Highness said, “Today marks the beginning of the Month of Reading at our schools, universities and facilities; we continue to strive for what is best for our children, and assert that reading is an essential cornerstone for their bright futures. I am pleased with the competition results – six million students, 75,000 supervisors, 40,000 schools and 15 Arab countries participated. The Arab Reading Challenge is making hope.”
His Highness continued, “Our cultural renaissance will be ignited at our schools. I thank the UAE Ministry of Education for increasing the number of participants from 160,000 students last year, to over 300,000 as it stands today – I am proud of you and your work.”
Over 1000 literacy initiatives and activities will launch across the UAE in March, organized by over 66 federal and local authorities, as well as the private sector. The National Month of Reading aims to promote reading across all social segments. The calendar of events can be viewed at http://www.reading.gov.ae.
The National Month of Reading coincides with the qualification for the second annual Arab Reading Challenge. With over six million participants, the challenge attracted almost twice the amount of participants from 2016. This growth is a reflection of the growing interest in reading by students across the Arab region, who wish to refine their knowledge. The female participation rate is approximately 56.7% versus male participation at 43.3%.
With a registration of nearly two million students versus 610,000 last year, the largest amount of participants were from Algeria, the same country that introduced last year’s winner, young Algerian student Mohammed Jaloud. Kuwait represented the largest increase in participation, boasting a 400% increase in participation with 63,000 students, versus 15,000 from last year.
Over 40,000 schools from 15 Arab countries took part, in addition to 75,000 supervisors following up with all students at various stages of the competition. Over 18 million ARC passports were distributed, filled by participating students, and assessed by supervisors and administrators.
The Arab Reading Challenge is the largest Arab project launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to encourage reading and instill the passion of knowledge for future generations to develop awareness about the importance of reading in building personality and expanding perceptions, and developing self-learning skills as well as improving Arabic language skills.
The Arab Reading Challenge was launched by UAE Prime Minister and Vice President and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in September 2015. It represents the largest pan-Arab reading project, and aims to promote a sustainable model for reading through an integrated system of student-supervisor follow-ups and support, as well as monetary incentives for students, supervisors and schools across the Arab World. The project hopes to instigate a cultural renaissance in the Arab World by encouraging students to read and continuously expand their knowledge.