SHARJAH, H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has ordered the allocation of AED2.5 million to purchase books from participating publishers at the ongoing edition of the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, SCRF 2018.
The books to be purchased will be selected from the latest publications at the SCRF, and will be selected from the collections of 134 publishers hailing from 18 Arab and foreign countries.
Ahmed Al Ameri, Chairman of the Sharjah Book Authority, SBA, said, “This is a festival tradition and has come back again this year with a view to furthering the vision and efforts of Sheikh Sultan Al Qasimi’s to develop children’s curiosity and love for books � the most valuable sources of knowledge and creativity known to humankind. Through this initiative, we seek to spark the imagination of young readers, and develop their intellect by giving them access to the latest in literature, fiction, science, technology and arts through books by renowned authors from around the world.”
He added that the move also reaffirms His Highness’ eagerness to establish Sharjah as a Child-friendly City.
A special committee is tasked with the process of selecting books based on a set of criteria, which will be in compliance with the needs of public libraries and schools in the emirate. The committee will lay a special focus on language integrity, quality of the publications, their topicality, and the content’s compatibility’s with the Arabic and Islamic traditions.
The book buying initiatives of the Ruler of Sharjah during SCRF and the Sharjah International Book Fair have enriched the emirate’s libraries, which are a preferred destination for students and researchers across the UAE and the region.
The 10th edition of SCRF is being held under the theme, ‘Your Future…Just a Book Away’, and concludes 28th April.
Source: Emirates News Agency