Abu Dhabi Reads concluded its activities on a vibrant note amidst laurels of appreciation and fanfare on the final day of the 27th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF).
All Kindergarten and Cycle 1 students and educators from public and private schools across Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Al Dhafra Region participated in the activities conducted by Abu Dhabi Education Council’s 5th Abu Dhabi Reads campaign.
The concluding highlight for Abu Dhabi Reads came as an Awards ceremony on the last day of the ADIBF that was graced by Dr. Karima Mattar Rashid Al Mazroui, Advisor to ADEC’s Director Generals Office and P-12 Acting Executive Director, along with Dr. Sara Al-Suwaidi, Abu Dhabi Reads Committee Head and Acting Division Manager of the P-12 Curriculum.
Speaking to the room full of students, teachers, school leaders and heads of faculty, Dr. Al Mazroui said: “Students, teachers and parents have been a formidable force in making Abu Dhabi Reads a resounding success this year. I am especially proud of students, who have worked very hard and with such passion, on various writing and reading projects. I am certain this will continue to progress further in the weeks, months and years to come.”
She further added: “The final leg of the month-long campaign was focused on activities offered through our presence at ADIBF, which received an overwhelming response from all our stakeholders. The campaign’s stand at the Book Fair has been able to successfully engage, entertain, educate and inspire students, parents as well as members of the education faculty.”
During the ceremony, certificates of appreciation were conferred to students, volunteers, educators and staff for excellence showcased during this year’s Abu Dhabi Reads campaign. The awardee list included top 20 readers, their parents and budding four-year-old novelists that participated in the ‘Write Your First Novel’ project and prodigiously got their work published.
The 5th Annual Abu Dhabi Reads campaign was launched by ADEC in cooperation and partnership with various government and social organizations to promote literacy and reading. During ADIBF, the campaign focused on presenting its objectives and the means to achieve them in an innovative and entertaining manner, which visibly encouraged students and parents to embrace their significance.
Activities at the stand were devised in four sections each of which represented ‘Reading for Inspiration’, ‘Reading for Fun’, ‘Reading for Knowledge’ and ‘Reading for Innovation’, the four pillars of the Abu Dhabi Reads Campaign. Each section ran an engaging selection of activities for children that received a positive and overwhelming response from a record attendance of visitors.
Dr. Al Mazroui lauded the splendid line up of activities as well as the sweeping participation that the campaign garnered during ADIBF, while emphasizing on the importance of reading and literacy in building nations. “It is important for students to be engaged and inspired consistently for them to embrace reading, writing, and all other aspects of learning”.
“I am immensely delighted with the success that Abu Dhabi Reads has had at the Book Fair. The stand offered innovative and exciting spectrum of activities for students and educators the role of which cannot be undermined in upholding literacy and promoting a nation of well read, well rounded and highly educated youngsters,” said ADEC’s Curriculum expert.
“Students, teachers and parents have been a formidable force in making Abu Dhabi Reads a resounding success this year. The final leg of the month-long campaign was focused on activities offered through our presence at ADIBF, which received an overwhelming response from all our stakeholders. The campaign’s stand at the Book Fair has been able to successfully engage, entertain, educate and inspire students, parents as well as members of the education faculty.”