The National Media Council (NMC), announced the winners of the "Reading Radar" competition. The NMC launched the competition in cooperation with the Ministry of Education to mark the Month of Reading, which takes place during March of every year. the contest allows students to appreciate reading, builds their fast-reading abilities, and develops their conversation skills.
The competition targeted school students along three categories: First, students from grade 8 and 9; then grades 10 and 11; and the third category targeted grade 12. A total of 762 students competed, representing all emirates, and nine participants were finally crowned winners, three from each category.
The contestants were evaluated based on a number of criteria, including their comprehension of the articles and books presented (worth 25 points), their speed (60 points), their Arabic-speaking skills (10 points) and 5 points for the student's personality.
His Excellency Mansour Al Mansouri, Director General of the National Media Council (NMC), and H.E. Marwan Ahmad Al Sawaleh, Undersecretary of the Minister of Education for Academic Affairs honoured the winners: Abdullah Al Mansouri; Tareq Mahfouz Al Shehhi; and Saif Majid Al-Badawi, the winners from the first category. Meanwhile, Sheikha Hamid Al Shamsi; Asma Ibrahim Al Kamali; and Ali Ahmed Al Mazroui won in the second category. The winners in the third and final category were: Fatima Ibrahim Al Mazroui; Aisha Khamis Al Saadi; and Aisha Ali Al Khuzaimi.
"The Reading Radar initiative comes in line with the objectives of the National Reading Strategy, which seeks to develop capacities, as well as to create and promote opportunities that support literary activities among school students in the UAE. This, in turn, establishes an educated and qualified generation capable of taking responsibility and continuing the process of developing the UAE with all efficiency," said H.E. Al Mansouri.
The National Media Council launched the Reading Radar competition in cooperation with the Ministry of Education during the Month of Reading 2017, as one of many activities that promote reading and establish it as a way of life for future generations, as well as an integral part of the UAE's national identity.