The delegation was headed by the CEO of the Dubai Taxi Corporation Abdul Aziz Malik and comprised a number of RTA officials.
Commenting on the visit, Malik praised the initiative as it carries a noble message of reading, which he said “prompts us to join hands in a bid to embed this regal principle among all community segments, particularly students starting from the primary stage up to the college level”.
“Through this initiative we are endeavouring to inculcate the reading habits in our sons and daughters as they have recently become very much obsessed by the e-games that kept them aloof from reading and books. Therefore, RTA drive to roll on this community-oriented initiative has a positive bearing on fostering the intellectual abilities of students, especially children through whom we can realize our cherished objective of highlighting the importance of reading whether at home or school libraries. The initiative is also important in showcasing to the children the importance of public transport and benefits accruable to the nation through adopting mass transit systems, as this aspect might not be fully explained to them as required,” said Al Malik.
The CEO of Dubai Taxi Corporation stressed the importance of widening the scope of the initiative to include secondary school as well as college students saying: “The majority of these students are not avid readers and have developed other concerns to go about other than books. This prompts us to seek to instill the reading habit among them through elucidating the benefits of reading, explaining its role in bridging the apparent knowledge & cultural gap and empowering these students to become decision-makers and leaders in future.
Afterwards, Abdul Aziz Malik read to the students the story entitled “I like my dad’s long beard” written by the UAE writer Maitha Al Khayyat. The story was purposely compiled to instill core values among kids in an exciting pictorial layout. He also explained the Drawing Contest launched as part of the initiative through which RTA offers a prize for the best 10 portraits submitted by the students across the 12 schools covered in the visit program, where each student is required to make a drawing of anything depicting public transport and traffic safety.
For her part Aysha Al Shamsi, Vice-Principal of the School, hailed the initiative which she said “will open up communication channels between the school and the RTA in order to realize our common objective of embedding the importance of reading among students, particularly at the lower academic grades”. She emphasized the importance of reading in developing and promoting the intellectual abilities of students and enriching them with the required knowledge to communicate with others, adding that RTA was the first entity to open up a communication link with the school in this highly important aspect.
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