It would be an understatement to say that the day [with Markus Zusak] was a success – it was inspiring, invigorating and wholly exciting for every single student (and staff member!) involved. Markus was a true gent, he captivated the students (a packed theatre) making them laugh and gasp, and he spoke with great insight into the world of writing and the creative process. He enthused students with his anecdotes and answered their questions enthusiastically and with humour. Staying behind beyond the allotted time to sign every single book (putting a personal message in each signing) was unexpected and the students loved the experience.
- Nicholas Bruce, GEMS Wellington International School
Education Day is a key element of the Emirates Festival of Literature in which authors hold free sessions for schoolchildren and university students from across the UAE. From its inception in 2009, Education Day has brought students and authors together in ever increasing numbers – to the extent that it is now actually held over two days!
The principle behind Education Day is that coming face-to-face with authors fuels a lifelong love of words in children, inspiring them to embrace reading and writing. What we have also discovered is that the authors themselves – particularly those not used to addressing young people – find it an educational experience as well!
The 2016 Education Day Programme will be announced early next year.