Five contestants, shortlisted from 16 semi-finalists, are running up for the grand prize.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, declared the winner announcement date of the 4th edition of the Arab Reading Challenge.
We celebrate more than 13 million students in the Arab Reading Challenge, the largest Arab knowledge initiative. We are stronger with Arab youth who believe in the power of words. pic.twitter.com/Wc2423BrhM
– HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) November 9, 2019
On his social media platforms, he said, “We celebrate more than 13 million students in the Arab Reading Challenge, the largest Arab knowledge initiative. We are stronger with Arab youth who believe in the power of words.”
Under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed, the Arab Reading Champion 2019 will be declared on Wednesday, November 13 in a grand ceremony at the Dubai Opera.
Five contestants, shortlisted from 16 semi-finalists, are running up for the grand prize after several elimination stages marked through the challenge’s reality TV show.
Hadeel Anwar from Sudan, Jumana Al Malki from Saudi Arabia, Fatima Al Zahra Akhyar from Morocco, Aya Boutreea from Tunisia, Abdulaziz Al Khaldi from Kuwait were shortlisted after the elimination of UAE’s Mezna Najeeb and Algeria’s Naima Kabir.
This year’s Arab Reading Champion will take home Dh500,000 after outperforming 13.5 million students who received support from 99,000 supervisors from 67,000 schools across 49 countries.
Over 3,000 delegates, officials, families, students and school faculties across the world are expected to attend the grand celebration, which will announce the Arab Reading Champion, Outstanding Supervisor, and Best School, giving away a total of Dh11 million worth of prizes after a year-long season of competitions.
Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Secretary General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), said, “In its fourth year, the Arab Reading Challenge has established its status as a pioneering initiative that developed youth’s capabilities, creating the largest knowledge movement across educational institutions in the Arab world.”
He added, “The Arab Reading Challenge reflects Sheikh Mohammed’s vision to build future enlightened generations capable of improving their lives through knowledge and contributing to achieving sustainable development of their societies.”
He noted that this vision is implemented through the overarching MBRGI, which oversees the Arab Reading Challenge as part of its programmes dedicated to spreading education and knowledge that benefitted over 41 million people across the world in 2018, with a total expenditure that amounted to Dh628 million.
Al Gergawi said, “The Arab Reading Challenge has translated Sheikh Mohammed’s unshakeable faith in Arab youth’s immense passion for knowledge and learning.
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