Doha 24th April 2014: Qatar set a new Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest Reading Lesson’, in Arabic at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) on Thursday.
Over 1,350 students aged between 5 and 10 years from across the country gathered at the centre to break the Guinness World Record. USA has been holding the current record with 451 children participating in one reading lesson.
The event was hosted, by RasGas, the Supreme Education Council, Maktaba Qatar (Maktaba) and Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP).
Hamad Rashid Al Mohannadi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), RasGas Company Limited (RasGas) said: “Today’s historic event brought together children from all walks of life to instill a love for reading from an early age. The event truly reinforces our commitment to create a sustainable and positive impact on the community by supporting education, and fostering a passion for learning that extends beyond the traditional classroom. We should all be very proud of what we have achieved today. It is truly remarkable to see so many passionate children open up to the possibilities of what a single book can unfold.”
HE Dr Mohammed Abdul Wahid Al Hammadi, the Minister of Education and Higher Education and Secretary General of the Supreme Education Council said: “Promoting the Arabic language is one of the main priorities we have when developing our curricula at the Supreme Education Council, as per the directives of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. Therefore it is our duty to support all the initiatives aiming at reinstating the noblest language in the world, whether in writing, reading or spelling. SEC’s interest in the Arabic language is manifested in many initiatives and activities, especially National Arabic Spelling Competition which will be held next month, for the third year in a row.”
“I would like to congratulate RasGas Company Limited, Maktaba Qatar and Bloomsbury-Qatar Foundation Publishing for this achievement, and seize the moment to invite other companies to incorporate pioneering educational initiatives within their CSR programmes, and the Supreme Education Council is always ready to discuss any creative ideas to enhance education at all levels,” added Al Hammadi.
“It was a great honour to be a part of this historic effort. This record is an excellent representation of Qatar’s commitment to fostering a strong culture of reading and raising generations of readers to be leaders,” said Sarah Champa Al Dafa, Founder of Maktaba.
Acting Director of Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, Arend Küster, said: “Getting children excited about reading is what World Book Day is all about and we at Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing are delighted to have participated in the event here in Qatar, and have donated 3,000 copies each of ‘Angry’, and ‘Caring’ in Arabic from the FEELINGS children’s book series published by BQFP.”