9 year-old Maryam Amjoun wins Arab Read­ing Chal­lenge

The Gulf Today - - HOME - BY A STAFF RE­PORTER

DUBAI: His High­ness Sheikh Mo­hammed Bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, Vice Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, crowned Maryam Amjoun, a nineyear-old stu­dent from Morocco, as Cham­pion of the third edi­tion of the Arab Read­ing Chal­lenge at a packed award cer­e­mony at Dubai Opera and pre­sented her with the cash prize of Dhs500,000.

The Dubai Ruler also hon­oured Al Ekhlas School from Kuwait as win­ner of the chal­lenge, and Aisha Al Tuwarqi of Saudi Ara­bia as win­ner of out­stand­ing su­per­vi­sor tit­tle of the pres­ti­gious Arab Read­ing Chal­lenge.

Maryam Amjoun, Cham­pion of the Arab Read­ing Chal­lenge 2018, im­pressed the au­di­ence with her conident in­ter­ac­tion with the jury and her pro­found knowl­edge, man­i­fested in her elo­quent ex­pres­sion. She high­lighted the cru­cial role of read­ing in shap­ing knowl­edge­able in­di­vid­u­als that are ready to con­trib­ute to so­ci­ety, par­tic­i­pate in de­vel­op­ment and gen­er­ate knowl­edge. In recog­ni­tion of her ex­cep­tional abil­i­ties, Amjoun re­ceived the high­est num­ber of votes from the au­di­ence, matched by the jury’s as­sess­ment.

The event saw 10.5 mil­lion par­tic­i­pants rep­re­sent­ing more than 52,000 schools across 44 coun­tries.

Al-ikhlas School from Kuwait re­ceived the Out­stand­ing School award and a cash prize of Dhs1 mil­lion to develop its ed­u­ca­tional ca­pac­i­ties. Aisha Al-tuwairqi from Saudi Ara­bia won the Out­stand­ing Su­per­vi­sor ti­tle and a cash prize of Dhs300,000 in recog­ni­tion of her ef­forts as an in­spi­ra­tional teacher. Tas­neem Eidi from France was named Out­stand­ing Stu­dent from Arab Com­mu­ni­ties Re­sid­ing in Non-arab Coun­tries and walked away with Dhs100,000.

All 7,871 stu­dents of Al-ikhlas School par­tic­i­pated in this year’s Arab Read­ing Chal­lenge. The school has adopted an in­no­va­tive ap­proach to in­still­ing a cul­ture of read­ing among its stu­dents as well as in the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing peo­ple with spe­cial needs, earn­ing it the ti­tle of Out­stand­ing School. In ad­di­tion to launch­ing six lit­er­acy ini­tia­tives in Kuwait and two abroad, it or­gan­ised the Sana al-ikhlas lit­er­acy drive, 12 work­shops, seven read­ing trips, 10 lit­er­acy events and mo­ti­va­tional cam­paigns, and more than 140 stud­ies and de­bates.

Five stu­dents quali­ied for the inal round in the two-day semi-in­als, held in Dubai with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of 16 com­peti­tors from the Arab world and Arab com­mu­ni­ties re­sid­ing in nonArab coun­tries.

Noura Bint Mo­hammed Al Kaabi, Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Knowl­edge De­vel­op­ment, said that the “Arab Read­ing Chal­lenge” cre­ates cul­tural mo­bil­ity and helps pro­mote the ca­pac­i­ties and skills of mil­lions of Arab stu­dents.

Al Kaabi added that the cur­rent edi­tion of the chal­lenge has ac­quired a spe­cial im­por­tance, due to the dec­la­ra­tion of Sheikh Mo­hammed that he will en­large the scope of the chal­lenge to in­clude all coun­tries and at­tract Arab stu­dents abroad, which will make it a global cul­tural event involving all seg­ments of the com­mu­nity.

She stressed that the chal­lenge will also start a knowl­edge re­nais­sance and shape the minds of the youth, through rais­ing their aware­ness of the role of read­ing in shap­ing their per­son­al­i­ties, de­vel­op­ing their in­tel­lec­tual and an­a­lyt­i­cal skills, and pro­mot­ing the stature of the Arab language while not­ing that the chal­lenge is an Emi­rati ef­fort to cre­ate a pas­sion for knowl­edge among fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Maryam Amjoun, Cham­pion of the Arab Read­ing Chal­lenge 2018, im­pressed the au­di­ence with her con­fi­dent in­ter­ac­tion with the jury.

The event saw 10.5 mil­lion par­tic­i­pants rep­re­sent­ing more than 52,000 schools across 44 coun­tries.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Bahrain

© PressReader. All rights reserved.