Dr Sheikh Sultan during the opening ceremony of Sharjah Children's Reading Festival at Expo Centre on Wednesday. WAM
Upon his arrival, the Ruler of Sharjah was received by Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence; Sheikh Salem Bin Abdul Rahman Al Qasimi, Head of the Ruler's Office; Sheikh Sultan Bin Abdullah Bin Salem Al Qasimi, Director of the Department of Statistics and Community Development, and a number of heads of local departments, senior officials, writers, publishers, and representatives of the media.
After the ribbon-cutting, Sheikh Sultan watched a singing performance by a group of Sharjah children and toured the various corridors of the festival.
He was acquainted with the various activities and events offered by the festival for children, as well as the pavilions of the educational and cultural entities participating in the festival.
Sharjah Ruler was accompanied by two children, Mohammed Sami Saif Al Haj and Fatima Ahmed Obaid Sandal during his tour, as he listened to detailed explanations of the participation of the authorities in the festival.
Dr Sheikh Sultan visited the pavilion of the Emirates School Foundation, Sharjah Education Council, Sharjah Private Education Authority, and the Ministry of Education, where he was familiarised with means and tools of teaching children, in addition to the various educational publications provided by authorities.
He also visited a number of pavilions of government institutions working in the field of publishing, support, care and education of children. He was briefed on the pavilion of the Rubu’ Qarn Foundation for Creating Leaders and Innovators, Contemporary Crafts Council (Irthi), Sharjah Police General Command, Department of Culture, Kalimat Group, Sharjah Heritage Institute, Department of Statistics and Community Development, Health Education Department and the Child Safety Department of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, UAE Board on Books for Young People, Sharjah Broadcasting Authority, as well as a number of pavilions.
Sheikh Sultan reviewed a number of activities dedicated to developing children's skills in various scientific and creative fields.
Dr Sheikh Sultan concluded his tour by visiting the Sharjah Children's Book Illustrations Exhibition, where he was introduced to the exhibition's drawings by participants from the United Arab Emirates and various countries of the world.
Dr Sheikh Sultan approved a number of new projects that the ALA will work to implement in coordination with partners from institutions concerned with the Arabic language from different countries of the world.
During the meeting, Sheikh Sultan was briefed on a number of the AUS' achievements in various fields, praising the board for deepening their efforts to accelerate the university's growth and following up the developing plans with the help of the university's faculties and students.
Sheikh Sultan also gifted the House of Manuscripts at Al Qasimia University in Sharjah 278 volumes, representing the seventh group of His Highness' donations to the House, of which 274 include original manuscripts, and 4 ancient stone volumes.
Sheikh Sultan honoured the winners of the 3rd cycle of the ICCROM-Sharjah Award for Good Practices in Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management in the Arab Region; and the 2nd cycle of the Arab Cultural Heritage Award for the Young.
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