Read for Pleasure initiative launches across Dubai schools

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The initiative by Knowledge Fund Establishment, Emirates Literature Foundation will support school libraries and help create ideal spaces for reading in the classrooms 

Dubai, May 04, 2023: The Knowledge Fund Establishment and the Emirates Literature Foundation have launched the Read for Pleasure initiative, which aims to promote reading on a wide scale across Dubai schools. 

The initiative is designed to embed a culture of reading, highlight the importance of the practice among school students of all levels in the emirate, and implement an integrated strategy that revolves around inspiring a love of reading among students and establishing it as a daily habit. It builds on the collaboration agreement signed by Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, CEO of the Knowledge Fund Establishment, and Isobel Abulhoul OBE, Founder, Advisor and Trustee of Emirates Literature Foundation, at the Fund’s headquarters. 

The agreement stipulates that the two parties will work together to implement programmes and organise events as part of the initiative, which will be launched starting from the upcoming academic year in September 2022.  

The initiative seeks to promote a love of reading among Dubai school students by implementing a series of actions, from supporting school libraries and creating ideal spaces for reading in the classroom, to compiling comprehensive reading lists in Arabic and English and providing books suitable for all ages and cultures. 

Furthermore, the Read for Pleasure initiative will provide an opportunity for teachers and parents to participate in events and activities with the students and enable schools to serve as a platform for authors of children’s books to talk about their works.