SHARJAH, -- UAE Board on Books for Young People, UAEBBY, and the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region, recently took their 'Books - Made in UAE' project to feature at the International Literature Festival Berlin, ilb, in Germany.

Two children's book authors, Maitha Al Khayyat and Noora Al Khouri, were invited to participate in the event in cooperation with the German Arab Friendship Association. They held a reading session in front of 150 school children and participated in a discussion panel where they shed light on the 'Books - Made in UAE' project.

Joining the authors in Berlin were Marwa Al Aqroubi, President of the UAEBBY Executive Board, and Eman Mohammed, Programmes and Award Executive at the UAEBBY. Commenting on the participation in the event, Al Aqroubi said, "The UAE has a long-term strategy to handle different humanitarian issues, especially those that have occurred recently and have affected the lives of millions of people, in particular the issue of displaced Arab people."

She added, "We at the UAEBBY believe in the importance of reading in shaping children's intellectual and cultural identity. Our choice of reading Arabic books for children refugees in Germany came up from our dedication to inspire them about their identity and origins, and to keep them inspired with hopes to pursue success that is built on their Arab identity. We believe that books help in inspiring young minds to something that is more than just intellectualism or knowledge, but it also plays a key role in sustaining a peaceful spirit and an innocent hope in their lives, especially stories that are told through their mother tongue."

Dr. Gabriele Landwehr, General Manager of the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region, said, "In partnership with the UAEBBY, we are delighted to have presented Maitha Al Khayyat and Noora Al Khouri at the International Literature Festival Berlin, where they introduced Emirati efforts to promote a culture of reading among children and young people. Throughout their reading sessions, they were able to provide youngsters with simple yet engaging stories in Arabic."

Al Aqroubi also thanked the German Arab Friendship Association for its efforts in the German-Emirati cultural exchange. She praised their commitment that enabled the UAE to present children's and young adult literature to German audience showcasing the creative skills of Emirati authors and illustrators.

Source: Emirates News Agency