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Arab Reading Challenge crowns champion from among 10.5 million students across 44 countries

30 أكتوبر, 2018  
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

- Mohammed bin Rashid: A generation that reads is a promising one, and a nation that reads is one that invests in the future

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, today crowned Maryam Amjoun, a student from Morocco, as Champion of the third edition of the Arab Reading Challenge at a packed award ceremony at Dubai Opera and presented her with the cash prize of AED500,000.

Al-Ikhlas School from Kuwait received the Outstanding School award and a cash prize of AED1 million to develop its educational capacities. Aisha al-Tuwairqi from Saudi Arabia won the Outstanding Supervisor title and a cash prize of AED 300,000 in recognition of her efforts as an inspirational teacher. Tasneem Eidi from France was named Outstanding Student from Arab Communities Residing in Non-Arab Countries and walked away with AED100,000.

The 2018 edition of the largest Arab literacy initiative in the world drew the participation of 10.5 million students from the Arab region and worldwide. Millions of people across the globe followed the competition and supported the contestants.

Congratulating this year’s contenders and winners, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said: “A river starts with many drops, and the participants of the Arab Reading Challenge are the first drops in the river of knowledge that we look forward to discovering in every corner of the Arab world and beyond. We rely on the reading champions to help us build a knowledge-based future for the region.”

He added: “The finalists of the competition have become role models for millions of Arab students in their keen interest in acquiring knowledge and their determination to succeed. Every book read by the contestants serves as a gateway to communicate with the people of the world.”

Stressing the importance of reading, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said: “Books are the source of ideas and values for the next generations. A generation that reads is a promising one, and a nation that reads is one that invests in the future. Reading creates global citizens who care deeply about making the world a better place.”

Praising the collective efforts that helped the Challenge achieve its record uptake this year, he added: “The participation of 10.5 million students is indeed a great accomplishment for all those who have supported our initiative. The Arab Reading Challenge is just a start. I call on everyone who has the means to do so to launch similar literacy and knowledge projects in the Arab world.”

The award ceremony was attended by Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; Chairman of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; HH Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; Minister of Tolerance HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan; and Secretary General of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives and Chairman of the Supreme Committee of the Arab Reading Challenge HE Mohammed Al Gergawi.

Maryam Amjoun, Champion of the Arab Reading Challenge 2018, impressed the audience with her confident interaction with the jury and her profound knowledge, manifested in her eloquent expression. She highlighted the crucial role of reading in shaping knowledgeable individuals that are ready to contribute to society, participate in development and generate knowledge. In recognition of her exceptional abilities, Amjoun received the highest numbers of votes from the audience, matched by the jury’s assessment.

Other finalists also fared extremely well in the finals. Maryam Mohammad Yousef from Egypt articulated her interest in writing a book on enacting change in the Arab world and revivin

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