Yesterday morning, Tuesday, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, the “Towards a Reading Society” initiative was launched at Al Nahda Primary School for Girls. The initiative aims to enter the Guinness Book of Records as the largest reading gathering, in cooperation with the Seashore Group, in order to achieve the sustainable development goals and Qatar National Vision 2030.

Mr. Jassim Ahmed Al Buainain, Director of the Libraries Department at the Ministry of Culture, said that the Ministry is always keen to support initiatives and events related to reading, especially in schools, to raise the status of reading and books in the lives of students and prepare them for tomorrow’s society, stressing that knowledge and knowledge constitute one of the most important criteria for human development.

He added that the initiative will be repeated during the coming period in other schools to achieve its desired goals in developing and expanding students’ perceptions, providing them with a lot of information, consolidating reading as a civilized behavior among students, and entering the Guinness Book of Records as the largest gathering of reading.

The Director of the Library Department explained that the demand for reading is a strong indicator of the progress of societies, stressing that the Ministry of Culture seeks, through the strategic plan, to support school students, encourage them to read and spread the culture of reading among members of society to reach a reading community, which contributes to enriching the cultural movement in the State of Qatar.

Mrs. Meera Al-Mannai, Principal of Al-Nahda Primary School for Girls, said that the initiative “Towards a Reading Society” falls within the sustainable development goals and Qatar National Vision 2030 in education, and aims to break the record for the largest reading gathering in Guinness World Record, which is 7,000 readers.

She added that today’s event is a rehearsal for the major event scheduled for May next year, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, stressing that reading is a means of science and the way of knowledge, through which students acquire many ideas that take their hands to development and creativity.

Teacher Aya Majed, the owner of the idea of the initiative (Towards a Reading Society), said that the initiative is the largest school gathering of students at one time and place, and comes within the activities of the second Nahda Forum of Al-Nahda Primary School to encourage reading, under the slogan (Inexhaustible Legacy), which will be held next January, and seeks to achieve the goals of sustainable development.

She pointed out that the initiative is an enjoyable and enriching cultural experience for everyone, including parents, students and teachers, and will have an extension at the level of the local community to form the largest gathering for reading, and enter the Guinness Book of Records, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture.

In an atmosphere full of science and fun, the students gathered in the schoolyard, lined up in a wonderful geometric shape, and began to read stories and books, and after finishing reading, they signed a mural for readers inside the school.

Maha Al Nuaimi, coordinator of the initiative, explained that the number of students participating in the event today exceeded 1,000 students from various grades of the school, in addition to 200 teachers and parents, and more than 6,000 pages of various books and different fields of knowledge were read.