DUBAI (Staff Report) – His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, today launched a special Ramazan campaign in the UAE that aims to provide five million books for children in refugee camps and students in under-privileged schools across the world.
Under the campaign two million books will be given to children and students in refugee camps. In addition, 2,000 libraries will be built in schools in need around the world by providing two million books and the rest will be available to support educational programs of Emirati humanitarian organizations working abroad.
Stressing the importance of the Ramazan campaign, Sheikh Mohammed said, “Every Ramazan, the UAE gains the attention of millions of people globally for its enlightening efforts and campaigns that help build their future. This year, the UAE has moved from feeding the hungry and quenching thirst to nurturing the mind and the soul.”
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum concluded, “We call on public and private sector entities to activate their role in society. The campaign will continue until the 19th day of Ramadan that coincides with Zayed Humanitarian Day. We will definitely reap the fruits of the efforts made by our founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and gain the science and knowledge necessary for the progress of our country and the world.”
Based on the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, a committee has been established to oversee this year’s Ramazan campaign.
Comprising a number of government entities, media organizations, and national and humanitarian organisations across the UAE, the committee held its first meeting under the Chairmanship of Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Secretary-General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives and Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future.
Addressing the meeting, Al Gergawi said, “The directives of Their Highnesses, the UAE President and Vice President, to make 2016 the Year of Reading, will reflect positively on the Arab and Islamic worlds. The ‘Reading Nation’ campaign conveys a message of love, tolerance and development sent by the UAE leadership and its people to the region and the world.
Al Gergawi added, “Around 10,000 schools in the Arab world do not have student libraries. There are also millions of refugee children left without any educational programs or school books. Through this campaign, we will attempt to bridge a part of this knowledge gap.”