The Management of the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) has organised visits to state and private schools in the emirate to promote the 6th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, which is due to be held from 15-25 April at Expo Centre Sharjah.
The visits aim to acquaint school children with the Sharjah Exhibition for Children’s Book Illustrations, as well as the touring exhibition ’1001 Inventions’. Both will be held alongside the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival.
Highlighting the importance of school visits, Ahmed Bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Director of the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF), said, “The visits are part of a framework of interaction with the community, most notably the school pupils who are the main target of the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival. The 11-day children’s festival will feature more than 1,694 events and activities dedicated to children including workshops, reading sessions, theatrical performances, film screenings, painting and writing competitions and educational lectures. The events are designed to boost the educational system by expanding children’s minds and building on the knowledge and skills they gain in school.”
He added that this year’s SCRF will be hosting ’1001 Inventions’, an award-winning exhibition from the UK which has attracted more than 4 million visitors from all over the world. Hosted for the first time in Sharjah, the interactive exhibition will run from April 15 to May 15, with the aim of highlighting a thousand years of scientific and cultural achievements during the Golden Age of Muslim civilisation.
’1001 Inventions’ will include blockbuster interactive exhibits, short feature film, books and classroom learning materials and electronic games which highlight breakthroughs and discoveries in various disciplines, most notably engineering, agriculture, medicine, geography, marine science, astronomy and education. The exhibition will also feature live shows and models that bring to life historic role models from Muslim civilization, so as to introduce school children and visitors to pioneering male and female scientists in an interactive and exciting manner.
The Director underlined the importance of promoting the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival – and the two other exhibitions held alongside it – among school children, so as to encourage them to read and support their studies with extracurricular learning. He noted that such events help pupils develop their skills, talents and cognitive abilities. Al Ameri expressed his appreciation for the positive response from schools involved in the field visits, and for the keenness of school principals and teachers to encourage their students to visit cultural events in Sharjah throughout the year. He pointed out that the visits will cover 100 elementary and preparatory schools across the Emirate.
Ahmed Salim, producer and director of ’1001 Inventions’, said, “We are pleased to participate in the school visits organised by the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival. ’1001 Inventions’ in partnership with Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives is a leading international organisation that aims to highlight a thousand years of scientific and cultural achievements from Muslim civilisation. We want to make the best use of these visits in encouraging teachers and pupils to visit the exhibition, which will take place at Expo Centre Sharjah. We hope they will familiarise themselves with the achievements of inspirational men and women of different faiths and cultures, whose contributions helped to create the foundations of our modern world.
“The exhibition combines education and entertainment and offers an ideal opportunity for students to absorb complex ideas in a simple and interactive manner. The teaching products and illustrative materials accompanying the exhibition will enable both teachers and students to enhance the learning process.”
Schools visited in the past few days include the Australian School, the Ibn Sinai School, the Sharjah American International School, the Al Kamal American School, the Al Doha School, the Shams Al Aseel School, the Indian Excellent School, the G.D. Goenka Indian School, the Sama American School, the Al Mostaqbal School, the Al Saleh School, the Al Ilm School, the Nibras Al Iman School and the Indian Model School.
Male and female students involved in the promotional tour expressed their gratitude and appreciation to the SCRF for the opportunity to learn more about its events and activities. They also demonstrated their desire to follow the festival’s news and activities and to keep themselves updated through social media.
They thanked the Festival’s management for their visits and their eagerness to listen to students’ opinions and suggestions. At the end of the visits, commemorative pictures were taken of pupils and SCRF delegation members.
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Aliaa Al Ori