KSrelief Distributes 370 Food Baskets in Pakistan’s Shangla District

Islamabad: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) distributed 370 food baskets on Thursday in Shangla district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

The aid benefited 2,590 individuals from the most vulnerable and needy groups in flood-affected areas, as part of the fourth phase of the Food Security Support Project in Pakistan 2024.

This initiative is part of a series of humanitarian and relief projects undertaken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through its humanitarian arm, KSrelief, aimed at assisting individuals in need and those affected by various crises.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Five reasons to experience magic of Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival this weekend

SHARJAH: The Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF), a highlight in the UAE’s annual cultural calendar, has returned for its 15th edition. Spanning 12 days and boasting over 1,500 activities, this festival runs until May 12 and promises an unforgettable experience at the Expo Centre Sharjah.

Here are five reasons why SCRF this weekend is worth attending:

1. A theatrical wonderland: The SCRF transcends the typical reading festival by offering a rich tapestry of sensory delights. This weekend, immerse yourself in the enchanting world of theatre with performances that promise to mesmerise. Enjoy the melodious voice of Arab sensation Rasha Rizk as she brings anime and cartoon classics to life on May 4. Her performance will be followed by the dynamic Masaka Kids Africana, on May 5, whose electrifying dance routines and infectious energy will captivate your heart. Another theatrical treat, ‘Hum Bhi Agar Bacche Hote’ – storytelling by renowned Pakistani playwright Waseem Badami will be staged at 5pm at the SCR
F Ballroom Theatre on Sunday.

2. Workshops for every interest: The festival buzzes with a plethora of workshops that cater to every age and interest. From coding and science to arts, dance, and even cookery, there’s an adventure waiting around every corner. On Friday, for instance, you have furniture making and car making workshops. Mini Fashion shows allow children to design, sew, and display their creativity on the runway. Have a smashing good time at the Smash Room by breaking a collection of goodies such as plates to let off steam.

Dive into the daily agenda and find yourself spoiled for choice, making it tough to pick just one activity.

3. A book haven: Books are the heart and soul of this festival. With contributions from more than 186 publishers, visitors have an unparalleled opportunity to explore vast genres, snap up new releases, and enjoy cosy reading nooks perfect for losing yourself in a good story.

4. Engaging sessions for parents and caregivers: Navigating parenthood in the digital age come
s with unique challenges. The festival offers specialised workshops aimed at helping parents and caregivers manage the digital landscape effectively. Parents can head to the Cultural Forum or the Social Media cafe over the weekend to hear from experts including Dr Ahmed Bassiouni and Hamsa Younis on The Role of Family Counseling in Modifying the Behaviour of Children and Youth. There will be sessions on The Importance of Libraries in Promoting Academic Success, and How AI can be used to deliver personalised learning.

5. Culinary delights and creative spaces: Every corner of the festival bursts with creativity and colour, creating a feast for the senses. Let your curiosity lead the way as you explore vibrant halls filled with art and innovation. Don’t forget to indulge in an assortment of cookery programmes, such as, Divine Sushi Sandwich, Parfait blast, Pizza Muffins, Chinese Tea Workshop, South Asian and Middle Eastern Cuisines, and much more. You can rub shoulders or learn from the best chefs during the we
ekend. Some of the popular chefs hosting workshops over the weekend include Omari McQueen, Imad Al Arnab, Natalia Samoilova, Zaynah Din and more.

Besides, there’s also an array of delicious food options available, from food trucks to gourmet kiosks, ensuring a treat for your taste buds as well as your spirit.

The Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival is a haven for children, parents, and anyone with a youthful spirit or an appreciation for creativity. Whether you come for the enthralling workshops, to indulge in literature, or simply to enjoy some quality family time, you’ll depart with a smile, enriched by the joy of shared stories and new discoveries.

Don’t miss the chance to create beautiful memories this weekend at a festival that celebrates the wonder of reading and the power of imagination.

Source: Emirates News Agency

SCRF 2024: Libraries will continue to have emotional connect with people of all ages, concur book aficionados

SHARJAH: Books and libraries are here to stay despite the overarching influence of the digital world and the emotional connection with physical books cannot be replaced by hand-held devices, agreed three distinguished personalities involved with books and libraries at the 15th edition of the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) that is taking place in Expo Centre Sharjah.

Moderated by radio presenter Louis Denham, the panel discussion ‘The Importance of Libraries in Promoting Academic Success’ had Sohini Mitra, Penguin Random House India publisher of Children and Young Adult books; Cathy Camper, Arab-American author, librarian and artist; and Flora Majdalawi, Jordan-based author and publisher, all rooting for books and their enduring relevance for children and adults alike.

They vouched that a well-equipped library is essential for scholarly pursuits, providing students and scholars with a vast array of information and cultural resources.

Camper, who has worked for years as a librarian in the US, fel
t there was a rhythm in turning the pages of a physical book, helping a child to physically interact with a story. ‘Opening a hard copy is an exciting prospect for a child,’ she noted. Though she supported both physical and digital books, she saw a huge burst of online books during Covid-19 and after.

Sohini Mitra agreed reading a vast array of books from different cultures fostered one’s understanding of a different world, widened one’s perspective about life and shaped a wholesome human being. She noted that while public libraries benefit those who cannot afford to buy books it gives each child an agency or an empowerment to choose. ‘Discoverability will happen only in a physical space like libraries and bookstores,’ she observed, while agreeing that books will coexist with technology.

‘The world of reading is not going anywhere. For conscientious parents, bonding with children can happen over books and if you want to engage meaningfully at the end of the day, books are a great medium,’ she concluded.

jdalawi agreed that books have a positive relationship with people across the world. Apart from providing academic information, they give values and morals to those who seek knowledge. She pointed out the role of libraries as a social hub, giving the example of a library in Finland situated near the country’s Parliament which provides adequate space for sports, sewing, cooking sessions and so on.

The 15th edition, which runs from May 1-12, has the theme ‘Once Upon a Hero’. The action-packed festival for young readers, artists and creatives as well as their families showcases millions of books including latest releases in children’s and YA literature from across the globe.

Source: Emirates News Agency

UAE students win award for best comprehensive presentation at second Gulf Arts Festival

DUBAI: The students from the UAE won the award for the best comprehensive presentation at the second Gulf Arts Festival for general education students in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

The festival was organised by the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States in collaboration with the Ministry of Education in the UAE, from 30th April to May 3rd, with the participation of 120 students in three main tracks including school theatre, Arabic calligraphy, and visual arts.

The closing ceremony of the festival was attended by Ismail Abdallah, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Arab Theatre Institute; Secretary General of Arab Theatre Institute, Dr. Issa Saleh Al-Hammadi, Director of Arabic Language Education Centre for the Gulf States.

Dr. Abdulrahman Mohammed Alasmi, Director-General of the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States, affirmed that the Gulf Arts Festival represents a Gulf artistic manifestation that enhances fraternal competition among students of public education in the Gul
f countries, develops their confidence, social skills, and stimulates their creativity.

He explained that the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States is keen for the arts to have a valued place and space in its programmes, believing in their role in addressing social issues, enhancing relationships between individuals and groups, strengthening bonds of affection among them, as well as fostering feelings of loyalty and belonging.

Source: Emirates News Agency

The body of a martyr was recovered from inside a house in Deir Al-Ghusoun, and the occupation targeted journalists

Tulkarm – Ma’an – The occupation bulldozer recovered the body of a martyr, at dawn today, Saturday, while demolishing the besieged house in the town of Deir Al-Ghusoun, north of Tulkarm, without knowing his identity yet.

Our correspondent reported that the operation has been continuing for more than 10 hours, and the occupation bulldozers are demolishing the besieged house.

According to eyewitnesses, the occupation soldiers pulled a body from inside the house and prevented medical teams from approaching it.

The occupation forces fired sound bombs and tear gas at a group of journalists, while they were in one of the buildings opposite the targeted house, and covering the events there.

Israeli Army Radio said that the wanted man in the Deir al-Ghusun operation in Tulkarm has so far refused to surrender himself, and the operation is still ongoing.

Sources reported hearing the sounds of explosions in the house that was destroyed by the occupation in Deir Al-Ghusoun, north of Tulkarm.

Source: Maan News Agen