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National Media Council floats strategy for reading
March 05, 2018
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ABU DHABI: Underlining its support to the National Reading Strategy, which extends through 2026, and as part of the month of reading, the National Media Council (NMC) has launched a media strategy for reading, with the aim of involving the media sector and enhancing its role in promoting and encouraging reading as a community habit and an integral part of the UAE national identity.

Mansoor Ibrahim Al Mansoori, NMC Director-General, said, “The National Strategy for Reading complements the role of the council as it includes media and content programmes supervised by the council. We have worked to develop policies and plans that support reading and the publishing industry with the launch of the age classification system. It classifies the content of books as per their suitability to various age groups to help the community in choosing the right content. We also strengthen the publishing industry through the development of a package of services. Additionally, the national figures for reading initiative sheds light on the books and reading practices of a number of ministers and officials in the UAE.”

In March, the NMC will carry out many activities, such as Pen Print that aims to activating a culture of reading in the country by motivating members of the community to visit libraries located in commercial centers.

The council will also honour the winners of the Reading Radar Competition, which was launched in 2017 in cooperation with the Ministry of Education. It will also participate in several international exhibitions such as the Paris Book Fair with the Association of UAE Publishers for gaining insights on international best practices in the publishing sector. The council will also work towards setting up corner libraries to activate the national publishing movement.

The Emirates News Agency, WAM, will launch a series of media initiatives to mark the Month of Reading. One of its initiatives is ‘Quote from a book,’ whereby quotes from famous books will be published every Thursday and Friday to promote reading. WAM will also launch the “Cultural Clips” initiative that will inform the community of the challenges that readers in the UAE faces. This will be published every Wednesday throughout the month of reading. In addition, WAM will provide a platform to host leading cultural figures to discuss culture and reading once a week

WAM will provide full support to all federal and local authorities in UAE by covering and publishing activities related to the Month of Reading to strengthen awareness among the community.


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