Ahmed Al Ameri
Chairman, Sharjah Book Authority
Given Sharjah’s outstanding experience in nurturing children by encouraging their innovation, enhancing their creativity, building their capabilities and enriching their knowledge, it is natural that certain queries are raised. These include… what are the strategies designed by Sharjah to achieve such aims? How does Sharjah’s cultural agenda, rich with festivals, forums and fairs, impact the present and the future? Why is Sharjah keen to develop children’s scientific and literary talents?
Such questions can be answered by appraising the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah and his wife, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council of Family Affairs. When you see the array of initiatives they have conceived and overseen, it is clear that they have prioritised children and placed them at the heart of Sharjah’s cultural project. This commitment is underpinned by a wisdom that considers Sharjah’s youth as the leaders of tomorrow responsible for the economic, scientific and literary development of Sharjah and the UAE.
This is why it is important to look at Sharjah’s efforts to raise its children in the context of the wider vision to empower younger generations with the ability to innovate, acquire knowledge and contribute to human progress. Those efforts are exemplified by Sharjah’s spectrum of international initiatives and its array of local and regional projects. The emirate has become the Arab world’s cultural centre and one that strives to strengthen children’s intellect, harness their talents, hone their skills and motivate them towards discovery.
Sharjah’s prestigious status is affirmed by observing what the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival represents. It has opened the door to vibrant cultural engagement, with more than 120 exhibitors and 179 guests from around the world showcasing their expertise. Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival has established itself as a premium platform where local experiences are enriched, international partnerships forged and new generations inspired.