National qualifications officially begin today to select the UAE’s Arab Reading Challenge winner from amongst 452,000 participating students.
A committee of 157 experts will be remotely evaluating public and private school students who have read 50 books in the past one year.
Students will be selected based on their comprehension of text, clarity of thought, self-expression, critical thinking, communication, critical thinking and analytical skills.
A winner will then be selected to represent the UAE in the semi-finals scheduled to take place in the next few months.
Apart from the winner, the committee will also declare the UAE’s best school out of 1,430 participating schools. One supervisor from among 1,435 educators and teachers will also be recognised for their efforts in guiding the participants in the challenge.
Jameela Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Public Education, said: “The keenness of the organising team to carry on this message in the Arab world combined with the willpower of youth to read despite difficult circumstances are achievements to celebrate on their own right."
The fifth edition of UAE’s Arab Reading Challenge has attracted 21 million students from 51 countries.