ABU DHABI, 20th April, 2017 (WAM) -- A UAE newspaper has said that Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, SCRF, with its theme of "Discover Beyond", focuses this year on children’s spirit of discovery, which is not limited to science or space but includes every experience and each new world that can be opened with the turn of a page.
In an editorial on Thursday, the English language daily, The Gulf Today, said, "The idea is to develop children’s reading through meeting the writers and listening to their unique experiences, as highly-acclaimed international authors will be attending the event.
The paper continued, "Incidentally, the event is set to feature 2,093 cultural, artistic and entertainment activities, with 123 exhibitors and 179 guests from across the world taking part. The SCRF 2017’s cultural programme alone brings together more than 60 guests from 23 countries to participate in 40 activities.
"The diverse range of topics covered is what makes the show a hit. For example, educating young minds about the importance of saving earth’s natural resources was the subject of a workshop on the opening day of the festival on Wednesday.
"Presented by "Nutty Scientists," a UAE-based initiative that teaches youngsters about science and the environment, the 'Save the Planet' session saw junior participants learn about why water was essential for life on our planet and find out about the best ways to conserve what is its most precious commodity.
"The region’s largest children’s reading event has something interesting for parents too. A first-of-its-kind e-training programme for parents has been launched. The programme is a valuable, step-by-step guide which parents can use to teach their children how to say "no" when they find themselves in a manipulative social situation.
"Sharjah deserves special praise for striving to cultivate the love for literature among people by enriching their experience of the written word.
The paper concluded by quoting H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, as saying, "We are very keen to create a reading community and promote the benefits of reading among our children."