Sharjah kicks off new reading campaign for schools

To encourage the youth to make reading a lifelong habit, the Sharjah World Book Capital (SWBC) Office on Wednesday launched its ‘Book Friendly Schools’ campaign, a two-month sociocultural drive targeting 30 schools across the emirate.

A mini book fair; workshops on art, crafts and culture; interactive reading sessions; and 50 book giveaways marked the kickoff event at the Um Roman Girls School for Basic Education on Wednesday. It was held in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MoE), Sharjah Education Council (SEC), and Sharjah Private Education Authority (SPEA).

The same activities will be organised in all other participating schools, with the campaign running for two days in every campus.

“The ‘Book Friendly Schools’ campaign is founded on one of the key pillars of SWBC’s year-long celebration programme: Promoting books as the essential source of knowledge,” said Marwa Al Aqroubi, project manager of SWBC 2019.

“Through this campaign, SWBC seeks to reinforce the intellectual skills of the young generation and help them form a lifelong attachment to the practice of reading, which will enable them to continue enriching their lives with knowledge and be influential agents of positive change in their communities.”

Renowned music college sets up Abu Dhabi school

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi will soon boast its own international music college, following the signing of an agreement with the Boston-headquartered Berklee College of Music.

Berklee is the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world, and the institution will establish Berklee Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island.

The agreement was signed with the emirate’s art sector regulator, the Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT).

According to details revealed by the DCT, the school will be located in the UAE Pavilion building in the Saadiyat Culture District, right next to Manaarat Al Saadiyat. It will span 3,900 square metres, and include a performance space, a recording studio, practice rooms, ensemble rooms and a tech lab.

The school is expected to launch its first semester in February 2020, which will run until May 2020.