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SWBC, UNESCO highlight importance of consolidated efforts to promote ‘Culture of Reading’ 

World Book Capital Network hailed for efforts in generating sustainable interest in books

02:20 PM | 13 Nov, 2022
SWBC, UNESCO highlight importance of consolidated efforts to promote ‘Culture of Reading’ 

SHARJAH - Panellists in a cultural session titled 'World Book Cities Join Forces, United for Books and Reading', organised as part of the Sharjah International Book Fair 2022 events, discussed Sharjah’s prominence as a key member of the World Book Capital Network, and commended its efforts in sharing knowledge and expertise to support new world book capitals.

The discussion brought together Marwa Al Aqroubi, Director of the House of Wisdom in Sharjah and Project Manager of Sharjah World Book Capital 2019; Ian Denison, Head of Publications at UNESCO and Global Coordinator of the World Book Capital (WBC) programme; and Sheikh Faisal Sheikh Mansour, Founder and Managing Director at Shake Book Projects, to highlight the role of the World Book Capital Network in fostering a culture of reading and strengthening bonds between individuals and knowledge sources.

Marwa Al Aqroubi stated that the selection of Sharjah as the World Book Capital in 2019 was a global testimony to the emirate's tireless efforts in building a comprehensive cultural project based in on its firm belief in the power of words, culture and knowledge.

She emphasised that the success of Sharjah's cultural project stems from its core goals of addressing all community groups and promoting cultural diversity through programmes and activities that strengthen intercultural communication.

Al Aqroubi also touched on the main elements of Sharjah's mission, which focuses on nurturing a culture of reading, reviving heritage, providing knowledge-based empowerment for children and young people, improving the quality of life, advancing the publishing industry and building a solid foundation to attract global knowledge industries from all over the world.

Ian Denison spoke about the positive impact of naming a world book capital every year since UNESCO launched this initiative in 2001 in cooperation with its partners in the publishing sector. He pointed out that the cultural activities of the cities chosen as world book capitals contributed to enhancing public interaction with books and sources of knowledge.

Denison stressed that Sharjah established an outstanding example to follow during its tenure as WBC in 2019. It played a pivotal role in enhancing public awareness of the books’ value and positive impact on the lives of societies. More importantly, Sharjah developed a sustainable interest in books and promoted a culture of reading and knowledge sharing.

 During the session, Sheikh Faisal Sheikh Mansour stressed that the WBC is a significant initiative that drives the cultural development of communities and establishes reading as a major contributor to sustainable development. It is launched by UNESCO in collaboration with the International Publishers Association and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.

 He indicated that the Malaysian government devised a series of initiatives to celebrate Kuala Lumpur’s World Book Capital 2020 recognition and praised the city’s success in overcoming the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic through innovative ideas. It utilised the Internet connectivity space to hold virtual sessions to highlight the value of books and reading at a time when it was not possible to physically organise events or exchange books.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal 12 April

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 12, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Friday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 12 April 2024


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