3 schools from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and UAE
Online voting begins
for the Arab Reading Challenge’s Best School
- Over 67,000
schools participated in the 4th edition of the Arab Reading
- The selection of
Best School will combine public vote and panel decision
Dubai, 6 November 2019 – The public can cast their votes online, starting (Friday),
to select the “Best School” of the Arab Reading Challenge 2019.
Among more than 67,000 schools that
participated in the Arab Reading Challenge, three schools from Saudi Arabia,
Lebanon and the UAE are shortlisted to win the Dh1 million “Best School” award.
The online voting, to be open for a week on
the Arab Reading Challenge website, will enable the public to contribute to
selecting the the winning school that will be announced during the grand
ceremony at Dubai Opera.
The shortlisted schools are Saudi Arabia’s Imam Al Nawawi School for boys, Lebanon’s Al
Haddadin Secondary School for Girls in Tripoli and the UAE’s Al Rams Primary
selection of the best school will combine a percentage of the public vote with
the decision of the judging panel headed by academic
experts and specialists.
Muna Al Kindi, Secretary General
of the Arab Reading Challenge, said the competition for the “Best School” award
has intensified this year as participation recorded an overwhelming 67,000
schools, which is 15,000 more than last year.
“Competing schools presented
innovative initiatives to instill the passion of reading among students and the
local communities. These initiatives helped achieve the goals of the challenge
to make reading a lifestyle among the young generation wherever they are,” said
She noted that the increase in
participation year after year proves the challenge’s success in reaching the
biggest number students in their schools and communities.
“We congratulate principals,
teachers and supervisors for their efforts in spreading the love of reading and
knowledge among our children. All of you are making an everlasting impact on
students’ lives and contributing to broadening their horizons.”
shortlisted schools were selected based on their diverse reading
initiatives and dedicated support to encourage students to read at least 50
books a year. Each school has rolled out innovative initiatives and invested
possible resources to make reading a fundamental part of the school’s
activities. More credit was given to reading activities and events that
involved local communities.
The judging panel has conducted
fields visits to the three schools to ensure the evaluation criteria is met.
Through several elimination stages, schools
were selected at the level of the educational district, then directorate or
governorate level, leading up to selecting the top schools from each country.
The public across the world can view
the achievements of each school and contribute to selecting the winning school of
Arab Reading Challenge 2019 through the official website vote.arabreadingchallenge.com.
Voting will be open for a week
before the Arab Reading Challenge grand ceremony.
Last year, Al Ekhlas School from
Kuwait outperformed 52,000 schools to win the “Best School” title, while Al
Iman School from Bahrain won the “Best School” in 2017.
The Arab Reading Challenge’s first
edition saw Tala'a Al Amal school from Palestine
declared as the “Best School”.
The Arab Reading Challenge
distributes Dh11 million worth of prizes, among which Dh1 million prize goes to
the “Best School” winner, while the outstanding supervisor grabs Dh300,000 cash
prize. The Arab Reading Champion takes home Dh500,000.
The three finalists are:
Imam Al Nawawi School for boys – Saudi Arabia
566 students from grade one to six are enrolled in the school,
located in Yanbu.
100% student participation with a range of
books in the 4th edition of Arab Reading Challenge. All the school’s
students read 50 books.
6 students reached the challenge’s finals at
province level, and 3 students at country level.
103 social and cultural events held
throughout the year to promote reading at the school and in the local
community, besides participating in the region’s events including the Sharjah
International Book Fair.
Special attention to supporting people of
determination (special needs) and non-Arabic speakers to participate in the
More than 25,000 books distributed among
students and local communities.
A digital library was launched on the
school’s website, accessible to all internet users, with modern libraries and
reading corners added in classrooms.
Social media platforms use to promote reading
and support the Arab Reading Challenge.
School productions and children reading
competitions in shopping malls, with prizes and cash rewards.
Al Haddadin Secondary School for Girls (Tripoli) –
508 students, from grade 10 to 12,
are enrolled in the school in Tripoli.
100% student participation with a range of
books in the 4th edition of the Arab Reading Challenge.
95 girls read 50 books.
3 students qualified for the challenge at
educational district level.
One student was crowned the national winner,
representing Lebanon among the 16 semi-finalists in Dubai.
Reading clubs, supervised by students,
encouraged and met various reading styles in culture and heritage, media and
translation, and literature.
Cultural and edutainment events throughout
Points and prizes to encourage innovation.
Al Rams Primary School – United Arab Emirates
480 students from kindergarten to grade four
are enrolled in the school in Ras Al Khaimah.
100% student participation in the 4th
edition of the Arab Reading Challenge.
85 students read 50 books.
One student qualified at educational district
Year-long reading activities, four of which
were dedicated to support the Arab Reading Challenge.
Parent involvement in reading events and
Collaboration with more than 20 social entities
to support reading initiatives.