Education Day

A Festival favourite returns… Darren Shan’s appearance in 2010 prompted the following comment, and we are delighted to welcome him back!

“Our students went to see Darren Shan at Education Day.  Our benchmark for success was seeing students who avoid reading at all cost, with their noses in his books, unwilling to stop reading.

The excitement and enthusiasm was contagious and electrifying.  I am confident that our involvement in this event has led a number of our students to achieve an “aha” moment in regards to reading.”

- Teacher who attended the 2010 Education Day

Education Day is a key element of the Emirates Airline 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. Last year saw more than 80 authors participate in this initiative; we welcomed 4000 students to events at the Dubai Scientific and Cultural Association in Al Mamzar and those authors who visited schools and colleges reached a combined audience of more than 3000 students.

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!

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