‘Read­ing Na­tion’ ini­tia­tive

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Tcam­paign HE UAE’s new Ra­mazan

to dis­trib­ute mil lions of books in coun­tries where up to 30 chil­dren share a book will ben­e­fit mil­lions of those who have lim­ited or no ac­cess to knowl­edge. His High­ness Shaikh Mo­ham­mad Bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, Vice-Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter of the UAE launched the cam­paign on Sun­day.

Un­der the ‘Read­ing Na­tion’ cam­paign, the UAE will give a to­tal of five mil­lion books — one mil­lion to sup­port ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes car­ried out by the coun­try’s hu­man­i­tar­ian or­gan­i­sa­tions; two mil­lion to be dis­trib­uted in refugee camps and an­other two mil­lion for libraries in 2,000 schools across the Arab and Is­lamic world. This cam­paign must not be seen as just an act of charity. This cam­paign, if car­ried out in full mea­sure, will im­pact sev­eral gen­er­a­tions. The cam­paign can only suc­ceed if pub­lic and pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions come to­gether and the busi­ness com­mu­nity pitches in. It will end on the 19th day of Ra­mazan, co­in­cid­ing with Zayed Hu­man­i­tar­ian Day. Ra­mazan is the best time for this cam­paign as the first verse of the Qu­ran was re­vealed dur­ing this month. As Shaikh Mo­ham­mad said on Sun­day, the best way to get closer to God in this month is by spread­ing knowl­edge. Gulf News

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