The Ministry of Culture and Youth has announced the launch of Reading Month 2022 under the slogan ‘UAE Reads’.
Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth, said,
"The Reading Month is closely linked to the efforts of the UAE to establish a knowledge-based economy for the country’s progress and the well-being of its citizens and prepare for the future. Promoting a reading culture in society and driving initiatives aimed at raising the level of intellectual growth among its people are key priorities in the annual agenda of the government and private sectors in the UAE."
"The Reading Month doesn’t end after a month of reading activities, but it is an ongoing movement to cultivate the habit of reading as a fundamental part of society’s development. The importance of reading not only determines the ability of an individual to acquire language skills but also contributes to their social and cognitive skills. Reading gives us a new perspective on things and an ability to analyse and critique everything. It is an essential part of learning and helps develop our ability to gain knowledge from around the world. It helps us make the right choices in life and develops our personality. Reading is the foundation of a knowledge-based society, which in turn helps build a knowledge-based economy."
The Reading Month is an annual event during which various government and private entities along with educational and cultural institutions participate in a roster of programmes to build a readers’ society armed with science and knowledge. Reading develops mental faculties and boosts self-confidence, while also helping people achieve professional success. It’s a great tool to enrich one’s mother tongue and helps in learning new languages. Reading fosters constructive cultural dialogue between different peoples and cultures.
‘UAE Reads’ The choice of the slogan ‘UAE Reads’ for the Reading Month 2022 stems from the UAE government's drive to promote a culture of reading as a way of life in Emirati society and reading being integral to its institutions and the nation’s development.
The slogan is based on the vision of the late Founding Father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, which goes to say that nation-building is not only focused on material or technological development but depends primarily on building the human capital, which the true building block of a nation.
The slogan ‘UAE Reads’ also works to enhance community participation and supports institutions to launch activities and events throughout the Reading Month, expanding the scope of reading initiatives to touch upon different walks of life.
News Source: Emirates News Agency