Arab Reading Challenge
The Arab Reading Challenge is an initiative to encourage students in the UAE and Arab world to read, and was launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The Arab Reading Challenge (ARC) aims for a million students in the Arab world to read 50 million books. The challenge aims to encourage sustainable and regular reading among students, which will be achieved through an integrated system for supervising students throughout the academic year.
The ARC will provide cash prizes and incentives to the students, families and supervisors who participate. The total value of the incentives will be $ 3 million (approximately Dh11 million).
Shaikh Mohammad said that the Arab world is currently going through a reading crisis, and the numbers are shocking. "The Arab region has one of the lowest numbers when it comes to reading. This results in the Arab world falling behind in knowledge, and falling behind in civilisation and intellect is something that we are witnessing every day in the Arab world. The ARC is the first step we are taking concerning the issue, and we hope it will have an impact in the long- term," said Shaikh Mohammad.
January 8-10—Secondary Book Fair—book fair for students in grades 6-12 and parents
January 16--Library Open House Evening
February 5—Reading Marathon Begins (all month)—# of pages read = distance; winners of 5K and 10K; page limits to be determined—all students, Students are challenged to read a certain number of pages to win the race.
March 1—Battle of the Books begins (ending in May)—Grades 6-12 usually, Grade 4 and 5 next year?—Reading competition with 2 rounds, English and Arabic. Students test their knowledge of a specific book against each other.
March 5-9—Maker Spaces Week—all grades—Students collaborate on projects that require creative and critical thinking skills.
March 12-14—PS-KG Book Fair—book fair for grades PS3-KG and parents
April 23-27—Reading Week—to be determined, ideas?—all grades, various activities to celebrate World Book Day culminating in an exhibition where students share their favourite books through art, music, drama, presentations, etc.
May 1—READO Month begins (think BINGO) Grades 1-5—Students complete the challenges on a Reading Bingo card for prizes.