Sharjah, UAE: The Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) began on Wednesday with a creative writing competition that challenged students’ imagination.
His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, attended the opening ceremony that included a musical parade by students.
The seventh edition of the 10-day festival themed ‘Discover My City’ is being held at the Expo Center Sharjah.
Middle school and high school students from around the country, who attended the festival on school trips, were keen to take part in the writing competition named the ‘creative writing workshop and pen nosy.’
Andrea May, a ninth grade student at the Filipino School, said: “They gave us the concluding sentence of a story and we had to make up the rest of it.”
The session gave students clever writing tips for short stories with the aim of encouraging a reading and writing culture among the new generation.
“The creative writing competition is a great learning experience for students. As soon as they hear ‘competition’, it becomes a challenge and they compete by exploring different ideas,” said Nandini Khaja, a teacher at Buds Public School.
The winners of the competition will be announced at the end of the festival.
A total of 109 publishing houses from 15 countries are participating in the festival, which has a schedule of 2,028 activities and events divided into four programmes.
The festival includes 40 publishing houses from the UAE, 25 from Lebanon and 17 from Egypt. Publishers from Australia, Canada, India, and several other countries are also participating.
Cultural, art, media, and education personalities will attend the festival, including Egyptian actress Lubluba, Jordanian author Rawda Hudhud, and Egyptian director and poet Shawki Hijab.
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