UAEBBY to organise Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature

The UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY) has received the assignment to organise and manage the second annual Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature from the previous organiser the Arab Children’s Book Publishers Forum.

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According to the provisions of the new assignment, UAEBBY is gearing up to receive the entry forms from publishers to select the winner during the period from 1 June to 31 August 2010.

Commenting on the occasion, H.E. Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, President of UAEBBY and the Emirates Publishers Association (EPA), said, Laying a solid foundation for childrens literature is of paramount importance when developing a future strategy to build a national generation. Building a childs awareness is the cornerstone for both the future growth and sustainable knowledge-based community.

Being assigned to organise the Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature is an important task because of the prizes role in boosting the childrens literature. We seek to continue the march towards achieving the goals of growth and development for childrens literature, she added.

The winner of the AED 1 million award will be announced on the sidelines of the Sharjah International Book Fair. Fifty percent of the prize will go to the winning publisher, while the remaining 50 percent will be divided among the other parties as per the decision of the jury.
Last year, Lebanon-based publisher Dar Al Hadaeq won the AED 1 million Prize for its book Ana Oheb (I Love) written by Nabiha Muhaidali and illustrated by Nadeen Saidani.

H.E Abdul Aziz Taryam, General Manager of Etisalat in the Northern Emirates, said, Etisalats support of this award recognises the excellent cultural, educational and entertainment contribution to Arabic children, in line with both the constructive efforts exerted by the UAE government to enrich the cultural resources of the community, and the leading role played by H.E Sheikha Budour bin Sultan Al Qasimi in this regard. This initiative is also consistent with our commitment to support various activities and the local community.

The key objective of our collaboration with UAEBBY is to provide all the means and tools possible to ensure our children will have access to excellent modern literature. We are confident that UAEBBY will deliver their parts efficiently and perfectly. Their overseeing the award will serve the interest of childrens literature, Taryam added.