Marking the start of the UAE’s Month of Reading, Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) spread the joy of reading among visually-impaired children in a workshop organised in collaboration with the Emirates Association of the Visually Impaired (EAVI). Through the activity, SBA has continued its mission to engage all children and youth, including those with special needs, in reading and other knowledge-based activities to enhance their creative and linguistic ability.
The workshop featured readings delivered by EAVI experts who read from a selection of children’s books in braille at the SBA headquarters in Sharjah. Khoula Al Mujaini, Director of Fairs and Festivals at SBA, said: “Encourage reading among pupils as well as grownups comprise our annual efforts, which are doubled during UAE’s Month of Reading. In this month that is specially dedicated to bringing the UAE community closer to books and reading, we fuel our efforts to reach out to all segments of society, including visually impaired children, who depend on books in braille and other accessible learning materials to expand their horizons.
Established in December 2014, SBA is dedicated to encouraging investment in creative industries and offering a platform for knowledge and intellectual exchange between people from different civilizations and cultures. SBA aims to highlight the significant role of writers and their influence in promoting community awareness in view of the technological advancements and diversity of knowledge sources.
It also seeks to attract relevant bodies and figures operating in the cultural sector in general, and the publishing, printing, translation, documentation and children’s books in particular.