Day 4 (Education Day) - 1 March 2009

A unique part of the Emirates Airline International Festival of Literature is Education Day, a first both for Dubai events and for literary festivals.

In line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and Vice-President of the UAE, of the eradication of illiteracy in the Arab World, an integral part of EAIFL is to bring authors into schools and colleges and into direct contact with students of Dubai.

The founders of EAIFL believe that educational success is intrinsically linked to reading, and that literacy is therefore the key to knowledge. In a city such as Dubai, where many different languages and cultures sit side-by-side, reading becomes a vital way of accessing our neighbours’ cultures – and indeed our own.

An Author in Your School

What does this mean to the teachers and lecturers of Dubai?

It means that every author who attends the festival has agreed to visit one institution and speak directly to the students in order to kindle an interest in the vitality of language and literature. We have contacted educational institutions throughout Dubai, and will be making arrangements for an author appropriate to the age groups and language of teaching to speak to your students on a mutually-agreed topic. In return, we are encouraging schools to become involved in the fringe events surrounding the main festival dates on the 26-28th February.