On the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE Cabinet has approved the declaration of 2016 as the UAE Reading Year. The Cabinet issued directives to start preparing an integrated national literacy strategy and a framework to produce a reading generation and establish the UAE as the capital of cultural and knowledge content.
His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan said: “We directed to declare 2016 as the Reading Year because reading is the basic skill for a new generation of scientists, intellectuals and innovators.”
Sheikh Khalifa added that to establish a knowledge-based economy, introduce a new path for development based on innovation and knowledge and achieving sustainability, we must stop importing expertise. We must foster our own talents. We need to raise an educated generation that is aware of the global changes and capable of working and innovating in all fields.
His Highness concluded that education and knowledge will remain key for prosperity and reading is key for education and knowledge. The first verse in Quran is “Read”.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) launched many initiatives such as:
'Read in Health' initiative which will be carried out by its Training and Development Center in Sharjah. The program falls in line with activities established following the declaration of 2016 as the 'Year of Reading.' This initiative aims to encourage the Ministry staff's contributions during the year of reading, particularly following the development of a smart library that will feature contemporary literature on health sciences. This complements national efforts to promote a culture of seeking knowledge on the latest developments in the field of health sciences among the Ministry's staff.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention also has won the best federal initiative award for promoting early childhood reading program during a ceremony in Abu Dhabi led by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. The Ministry was one of the 45 individuals and organizations recognized over their support for the government's Year of Reading initiative. The ceremony was held as part of the nationwide 45th National Day celebrations.