The Social Initiatives Team at the Corporate Technical Support Services Sector, Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), has recently visited Al Mizhar Primary School for Girls in Dubai to brief students on the ‘Read More’ initiative launched by the RTA in 2010 targeting students at various age brackets with a view to urging and motivating them to develop the habit of reading, in view of its contribution to furthering the mental & intellectual faculties and disseminating the general knowledge.
At the start of the gathering, Abdulla Al Madani, CEO of RTA Corporate Technical Support Services Sector, welcomed the school’s work team which showed interest in cooperating with the RTA in realizing the objectives of the initiative; which is considered one of the key social initiatives contributing to imparting the benefits and highlighting the importance of reading among students. “Continuous reading and exposure to general cultures through stories & books is the first step towards success and academic distinction; which paves the way to a confident career life later on,” said Al Madani.
He explained that the books distributed to students through the initiative included stories written by authors who have track record in this field, particularly as they were keen on selecting the best ones enriched with multiple values such as the willpower, determination and resolution. Such books would also nurture noble values in students, and some of which are related to the nature, heritage and traditions of the UAE; which would also boost the sense of national identity in their conscience.
With 60 students in attendance, the CEO of Corporate Technical Support Services Sector delivered a story entitled (My Gift); which is packed with numerous valuable thoughts and information tailored to coaching students towards innovation and engaging them in a continuous reading practice. He explained to them that reading of stories was the first step towards self-improvement and fostering intellectual and cultural bridges that set alight personal ambitions for shaping into a future leader capable of taking appropriate decisions.
Al Madani then distributed meaningful stories to students, as well as copies of Salama magazine published by RTA Traffic Awareness Section. He also explained to them the Short Story Writing contest through which innovators are encouraged to write stories to be picked up from various schools visited this year in order to select the best three contributed stories and reward the writers with memorabilia from the RTA.
For her part, Ms Haifaa Juma, Principal of Al Mizhar Primary School for Girls in Dubai, commended the initiative as “it contributes to opening up communication channels between the school and the RTA in order to achieve a single objective vis-à-vis instilling the importance of reading amongst students in the early learning phases,” she said. “Continuous reading promotes the intellects of the youngsters and impart in them diverse knowledge and notions aimed at bolstering communication with other cultures. The initiative fits well with various initiatives undertaken by the school every academic year; and therefore contributes to refueling self-interest in continuous reading of various sorts of books and stories capable of furthering intellectual capacities.