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Spreading knowledge

It’s wonderful to know that Sharjah has provided 2.1 million books to Emirati households as part of its Home Library project (“Sharjah provides 2.1m books to Emirati households,” Jan.17, The Gulf Today)

Interestingly, each of the 42,366 libraries consists of 50 books donated by Knowledge without Borders, the Sharjah-based initiative. Indeed, this initiative will deliver a boost to Emirate’s project to invest in a knowledge-based society.

It has been reported that the Home Library is a major project of Knowledge without Borders that was started under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and the supervision of Sheikha Bodour Bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Head of the Organising Committee of KwB.

Interestingly, this project seeks to promote reading as a cultural habit. In keeping with Sharjah’s development plans, the project aims to build a better future for the inhabitants.

It’s good to know that more than 42,000 home libraries have been set up across Sharjah. The initiative will empower the youth and help them become global leaders.

With a personal library in every household, the denizens of Sharjah will surely feel more motivated to read a book. Hopefully, the habit of reading will turn people into a better human and a law-abiding citizen.
Shaista Ansari — By email

Clean energy

It’s quite reassuring to learn that the United Arab Emirates is committed to improving its energy efficiency by 40 per cent (“UAE commits to clean energy,” Jan.17, The Gulf Today).

While addressing a meeting marking Abu Dhabi Global Action Day that is being celebrated as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, revealed that the UAE would improve its energy efficiency by 40 per cent, increase clean energy target to 50 per cent and cut carbon emission by 70 per cent.

I agree with President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís, when he observes that practical policies, investment, technology and partnership will be critical to the pursuit of sustainable development goals.
Sonia Saini — By email
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