Emirates Airline Festival of Literature School Librarian of the Year award winners announced
Fakhera Saeed Al Mansoury from Al Reyada School for Basic and Secondary Education, Abu Dhabi, Fatimah Al Shehhy from Al Ibtikar Kindergaten, Fujairah and Azza Mohamed from Qatr Al Nada Secondary School, Abu Dhabi won the top three awards for the best librarians in public schools.
Meanwhile, Khaled Qutbi Alhasan of Al Ittihad C3 School, Abu Dhabi was honored with special recognition.
The Private School Libraries winners are Kristine Kirby from Gems American Academy Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, Jumana Hanoun from Al Kamal American International School, Al Azra, Sharjah and Jericho Diano from Summit International Schools, Abu Dhabi.
The coveted awards are given to recognize individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to promoting reading for enjoyment among their students and to improving academic and literacy standards in the school.
The winners were awarded by Aisha Miran, Deputy Secretary General for Strategy Management and Governance of the Dubai Executive Council, and Isobel Abulhoul, CEO and Trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation.
“The School Librarian of the Year award is part of an overall strategy to develop generations of educated students with a thirst for research and knowledge,” said Shumous Majid Bin Faris, Strategic Development Advisor at the General Secretariat of the Council Dubai executive.
“The strategy achieves this by emphasizing the value of culture and knowledge. We also look to those programs and initiatives that foster a love of reading in future generations to find new tools that motivate and prepare young people to keep pace with the continuous and rapid changes we still face. It will ultimately shape their personality and serve their interests, thereby serving the vision of the UAE,” she said. “Sponsorship of the award for the sixth consecutive year comes from our continued support, appreciation and desire to honor school librarians in the United Arab Emirates and their extraordinary efforts to cultivate the spirit of reading among students, elevating the education standards in schools,” she added.
Speaking on the occasion, Abulhoul said, “School librarians have had a heroic task since March 2020 in keeping children on track with their reading, allowing them to thrive in all parts of their college studies.” .
“This award recognizes those who have truly excelled in these difficult circumstances. We are all indebted to their commitment to their role in these exceptional times and it is wonderful to be able to celebrate them and all the wonderful librarians who have made the lives of their students brighter by passing on their love of books.
Over 95 nominations were submitted from across the country. The finalists were evaluated by a panel of judges who visited the shortlisted librarians virtually to make a final evaluation. The ceremony included a celebratory lunch.