DUBAI, 26th March, 2019 (WAM) — As part of the “Little Reader Festival,” Hessa Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development, stepped up to read a book titled “Black Colour” for People of Determination.
The festival includes several reading activities for People of Determination, held in cooperation with the UAE Board on Books for Young People, UAEBBY, as part of the Ministry of Community Development’s annual celebration for the Month of Reading in March.
Buhumaid emphasised the importance of involving the ministry’s beneficiaries in all national and social activities in line with the directives of the UAE leadership to provide the best care for all the community members. “People of Determination always look forward to community engagements, making them interactive, productive and proactive society members. Such a step enhances their inclusion and empowerment in the community,” she added.
The festival includes several reading activities such as the “Black Colour” story, “Impact of Colours on Visually Impaired People”, “Reading Buds”, “Story Teller”, “Giant Book” along with the letter-wrapping workshop, sign language museum and innovative story.
The Month of Reading at the ministry included an interactive session for its employees on the success stories of role models and the “Pioneers of Reading” session to highlight the skills of talented employees.
The last reading week included a special event for senior Emiratis in cooperation with the Environment Friends Society and a free reading session about the “Al Ghaf” tree coinciding with the Year of Tolerance. The ministry also specified a reading hour in addition to other entertainment activities for the staff and several innovative competitions.
The festival is part of an expanded plan for the activities and initiatives of the Month of Reading to include several initiatives for the ministry’s departments, customers and audience.
The ministry was also very keen to diversify its activities during the Month of Reading in order to reach community members and customers, achieve higher cultural development and unify its efforts for the happiness of employees, People of Determination and their centres, families, children, social assistance beneficiaries, non-profit associations, and community clubs.
The activities and initiatives of the Month of Reading are a part of the National Literacy Strategy to make reading a way of life by the year 2026. This strategy is aimed at producing a generation of readers and enhancing the role of family and community members in changing the reading habits of individuals.