‘Reading Nation’ initiative
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