“Reading in Schools” - Dubai Women’s College participates in a community service project

Published March 16th, 2010 - 09:27 GMT
 Around 200 Dubai Women’s College (DWC) Diploma Year 1 students participated recently in a community service project ‘Reading in Schools’. “Reading in Schools” Project is a student-run endeavor conducted in partnership with 9 government primary schools.  This project was initiated to foster the spirit of volunteering and raising awareness of Corporate Social Responsibility and in response to the need for promoting reading in the UAE. The outcome of the project will have Diploma students setting up and conducting English Reading activities with pupils in Grades 2 and 3.  DWC Diploma students will also donate books to schools’ libraries. (Approximately 150 books are hoped for)
Partnerships with community members will enhance the success of the project. Two renowned children’s book authors, Julia Johnson and Dr. Safaa Azmy, volunteered to present to DWC students effective techniques used when reading to children. The aim is to motivate children to read. DWC’s Bachelor of Education students have also given practical workshop training to the Diploma students on how to prepare and conduct reading activities for Emirati primary school students. Additionally, Magrudy’s bookstore has offered a 15% discount on children’s book purchases.
The Reading in Schools project was initiated to build up a culture of reading among young Emiratis who are the mothers of the next generation, and in support of the UAEs wider community initiatives such as Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Dubai Cares ‘Million Book Challenge’, Knowledge Without Borders (KWB). “I did not only learn about reading techniques, but also how to approach and read to my own children in the future”, Amna Ali Rashed Al Shamsi, Diploma year 1 student stated. Deema Mohammed Saeed Al Mazrooei also said that, “I found this project interesting and it helped me to show young local students that reading is fun and enjoyable”.
“This project provides DWC students with an opportunity to be effective agents of change in their society, able to transform challenges into rewarding experiences”, said Zadjia Zahi, DWC English Faculty. Cynthia Ogilvy, DWC English Faculty, also stated that, “Diploma students will be doing their community a great service if they can begin to instill a love of reading in the next generation of young Emiratis.”

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