Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services

5th Used Book Fair, an Invitation to Donate Books

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5th Used Book Fair, an Invitation to Donate Books
Volunteer and Partner with SCHS to Endorse Reading & Preserve Books

Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS) is finalizing preparations for the Fifth Used Book Fair which is going to be organized from February, 26th to March 1st 2013, in the Palm Garden at Lake Khaled in collaboration with Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq). 

Her Highness Sheikha Jameela bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Vice President of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs and Director General of SCHS, directed heads of organizing committees to evaluate previous book fairs, find advantages and disadvantages, and set up plans in order to improve this year’s Used Book Fair. 
With a number of objectives, including promoting the habit of reading through low priced books, planting the spirit of volunteerism in the minds of youth as well as raising funds to support the services and programs which SCHS provides to people with disabilities 5th Used Book Fair will begin on the 26th of February, 2013.  
It provides cultural and educational services to the entire community through recycling books. 
SCHS aims at integrating people with disabilities, encouraging volunteerism and introducing disabled students to public and private schools.
Jihad Abdel Qader directed his sincerest thanks to SCHS’s partners and 5th Used Book Fair sponsors and asked individuals and organizations to contribute to the event, which is organized to advance the academic knowledge of people through donating books.  He commented, “before collecting and receiving donated books, SCHS organizes a number of activities such as an informative campaign to get in touch with the public and motivate them to donate books. 
We receive donations at SCHS premises in Al Yarmouk Area. 
There is also the following number 06-5669966 for those who are interested or have the desire to participate or donate books”. 
To conclude, Jihad asked individuals and institutes to protect the accumulative knowledge of human beings and endorse the value of books as a source of information.
This year the Used Book Fair is targeting a variety of organizations, schools, universities, centers, and charities in partnership with Sharjah Educational Zone, Sharjah Municipality, Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority, and Youth Centers.
The partnerships and event maintains several objectives including; promoting the reading as a habit through offering low priced books, planting the spirit of volunteerism within youth and raising funds to support the services and programs which SCHS provides to people with disabilities.

Mona Abdel Kareem, Head of Public Schools Committee, believes the event provides cultural and educational services to the entire community.  She stated, “SCHS aims at integrating people with disabilities, encouraging volunteerism, and introducing disabled students to public and private schools.  Moreover, the Used Book Fair will provide financial support to SCHS through its revenues”. 
She also mentioned participation conditions which include donating books that are in good condition. Magazines and periodicals are excluded. 

Students who donate more than 20 books will receive a certificate in order to motivate them for further participation in such activities as well as allow them to feel the value of books.  Individuals, bodies, and institutes assisting in collecting books will be honored as well.

Another privilege for taking part in the Used Book Fair, according to Mona, would be the organizations or entities ability to be advertised before and throughout the event on fliers, banners and various other forms of media. 
Al Khaleej Newspaper will publish a quarter add page in color for the Used book Fair including its name and logo of these schools. 
As for pricing, it will begin from 3 AED for stories and books to 20 AED for references. 
Decorations will be left to participants to decide within the Organizing Committee standards.
February 20th 2013, is the current deadline to receive books and register participants.  
Furthermore, a special brochure with information about participants will be given to visitors in order to facilitate their certificate. 
Public and private schools can coordinate with Mohammad Bakr, Head of Activities and Programs Committee, for supplementary activities. 

Mona asked participating individuals and volunteers to commit begin at 10:00 AM and ends at 10:00 PM for their participation. 
They should work in harmony and cooperation in order to reflect a positive image of this cultural, intellectual and educatiional activity.  She recommended organizing shifts within the concept of team work. 
Khadeja Bamakhramah, Head of Centers, Institutes, and Charities Committee, spoke about participation standards. 
Schools which donate less than 2000 books will have one booth and those which donate over 2000 will have two booths and a certificate of their achievement.

Receiving books will be conducted directly through organizing committees. 
SCHS is going to organize the closing ceremony to honor its partners, sponsors and participants.  Commemorative gifts and certificates will be given to schools with the best organization, sales and commitment. 
Ahmed Shaheen Hosni, from Youth Centers, invited educational institutes to contribute and take part in the 5th Used Book Fair for the entertainment activities which will take place on the fair’s main stage in order to amuse and attract visitors.  He confirmed Youth Centers’ desires to cooperate and support this activity. 
Mona Abdel Kareem renewed her invitation to all schools, universities, centers and charities to work hard and volunteer to protect books, spread the habit of reading among the general public and raise funds to support the services SCHS provides to people with disabilities.
Jihad Abdel Qader, Coordinator for the Fifth Used Book Fair taking place on February 26th to March 1st 2013 in the Palm Garden at Lake Khaled in collaboration with Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), believes the fair will raise people’s awareness regarding culture, knowledge and volunteerism. 
The event is an invitation to collect the largest number of new, used, non-school books in order to instill the importance of volunteer efforts by students, parents and professionals. 
A number of objectives hold importance including: promoting the habit of reading through low priced books, planting the spirit of volunteerism in the minds of youth as well as raising funds to support the services and programs which SCHS provides to people with disabilities.
The 5th Used Book Fair will begin on the 26th of February, 2013.  It provides cultural and educational services to the entire community. 


According to the instructions of Her Highness Sheikha Jameela bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Vice President of Supreme Council for Family Affairs and Director General of SCHS, books should be classified according to subject, not according to the institutions or individuals who donated it.  For example, there will be a section for literature, humanities and politics.  This will make it easy for visitors to locate books.  Donators are going to be notified in order to classify books according to this system
Jihad encouraged schools, institutions, and charities to contribute to the event.  Books are to be received at SCHS.  There is also the following number 06-5669966 for those who are interested or have the desire to participate or donate books. 
Senior management for the fair has called upon public and private bodies, sponsors and other organizations to support this cultural, social and noble activity.
They’ve also invited individuals to donate books in order to spread knowledge among the largest number of people. 
Mohammad Faouzi, Head of the Private Schools Committee, mentioned his committee has managed to attract 25 private schools and two universities since October, 2012. 
It is working to attract more schools and universities. He mentioned the press conference which SCHS organized on December to explain the main idea and objectives of this fair to over 50 representatives of schools, clubs, universities and other institutes. 
He also invited everyone to contribute to this event.  Mohamed Al-Nabulsi, Head of the Volunteer Committee, said that his committee aims at recruiting volunteers from the age of 14 and above to work at the 5th Used Book Fair. 
There is much work to be done in order to present a positive image of this event.  Volunteers are welcome to work in any division at any time.
Mohamed provided the following number (050-1704250) and e-mail (Nabulsi@sch.org.ae) for those interested or those who maintain the desire to volunteer in this event which endorses the culture of volunteerism in the United Arab Emirates.

If interested in participating, you may also contact me on + 97150 8122319 to know more about this event and how you can volunteer and participate.

Give Your Book A New Life – SCHS announces the 5th USED BOOK FAIR – February 26th to March 1st 2013

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Her Highness Sheikha Jameela bint Mohammad Al Qasimi, Vice President of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah, Director General of SCHS, and Head of Organizing Committee, gave her orders to evaluate the previous circulations of the Used Books Fair, study its advantages and disadvantages to set plans to improve and increase its organization. 
Sheikha Jameela bint Mohammad Al Qasimi confirmed that organizing the book fair corresponds to the cultural approach founded by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Sharjah, who believes that books plant noble values and raise awareness and knowledge of people which will have positive implications for the entire society. 
SCHS is preparing to organize the 5th Used Books Fair from February 26th to March 1st 2013. 
In October 2012 the fair’s various committees met twice to discuss, evaluate, and prepare for the event. 
Committees include Preparations Committee chaired by Mr. Jihad Abdel Qader, Attracting Public Schools Committee chaired by Mrs. Mona Abdel Kareem, Attracting Private Schools and Universities Committee chaired by Mr. Mohammad Faouzi, Media Committee chaired by Mr. Osama Mardini, Attracting Charities and Nonprofit Organizations Committee chaired by Mrs. Khadeja Bamakhramah, Secretariat Committee chaired by Mrs. MarymRaisy and Finance Committee chaired by Mr. Ezzat Alonchasa. 
In the two meetings, previous festivals were discussed thoroughly to determine weaknesses and strengths.  Committees will try to improve its weaknesses and enhance strengths according to a questionnaire given to participants to scan their opinions of many aspects such as organization, services, and contributions. 
The Used Books Fair is a project with enormous humanitarian, cultural, and noble values that corresponds to Sharjah’s educational and cultural priorities.  It raises awareness of disability issues in UAE and countries that are nearby.  It endorses the concept of volunteerism in the minds of younth, students, and community members and provides SCHS with a modest income. 
Mr. Jihad Abdel Qader stated the stage of collecting books includes several activities such as a promotional campaign under the theme “Give your Book a New Life” which encourages people to contribute. 
If someone wants to donate their used books, they can call SCHS at 06 5669966 and give their donations.
The campaign aims at collecting – non text book— books of different languages; reminding the community of the connection between the event and SCHS and giving a chance to those who want to support SCHS. As well as telling the general public about SCHS’smission and values. 
The promotional campaign will include the seven Emirates. 
SCHS is a leading institute in organizing such events which promote the habit of reading to increase people’s knowledge and expand their horizons. 
Mr. Osama Mardini believes the Used Books Fair enriches the cultural and social mentality of the general public by spreading the culture of volunteerism through an activity that is based on volunteers from schools, universities, and charities. 
He then mentions the historical background of the fair which began in 2006, than in 2007, after that in 2009, and the last one in 2011.  These four circulations were organized in collaboration with sponsors and SCHS’s partners. 
The 2011 festival was extraordinary.  It had a large number of volunteers, contributing organizations, and attendance.  The number of visitors had reached 40,000, while the books exhibited had reached over 500,000.  Books were displayed in over 120 tents.  The number of volunteers reached 500 mostly students from schools and universities in addition to individuals from charities and non-profit organizations.  The number of participating public schools reached 20, private schools 22, and 2 universities.  The number of charities, nonprofit organizations, and diplomatic missions reached 47.  Sales were 500,000 AED which was used to support the services and programs which SCHS provides to people with disabilities.  Hopes for this year event are high. 

Closer Cooperation with the Local Community at Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services’ Al Dhaid Branch

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Closer Cooperation with the Local Community at Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services’ Al Dhaid Branch
On Tuesday, October 18, 2011, a delegation comprised of His Excellency Colonel Ali Saif Alndas, Director of Al Dhaid Police Department, His Excellency Misbah Aajeed Ketbi, Chairman of Maliha Cultural & Sport Club and a Member of the Federal National Council—UAE, His Excellency Mohamed Ali Saif, Mayor of Maliha, His Excellency Misbah Saif Ketbi, Director of Maliha Municipal, His Excellency Rashid Mahaan, Chairman of Parents of Students in the Central Region Senate at Al Dhaid, His Excellency Saeed bin Laith Tunaiji, Member of the Parents of the Students Senate, and 9 of the parents of students at Al Dhaid Branch visited Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS), a nonprofit organization located in United Arab Emirates which aims at providing advocacy, inclusion, and empowerment for people with disabilities under the Director Generalship of Sheikha Jameela bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, in order to increase communication and cooperation with the activities of the local community in Sharjah. 
During the visit, a brief introduction about the services provided at the Al Dhaid branch was conducted. Visitors then discussed their expectations for this meeting.  They were provided with a tour of SCHS.  At the conclusion of the visit, delegation members expressed their gratitude and appreciation for the invitation and admiration of the efforts of the administrative staff and technical support team in providing the best services for children with disabilities.  They expressed their willingness to cooperate with the objectives set by the branch to increase the level of coordination with local institutions and activities taking place in the community.

Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum: Knights of Determination Honor Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services

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Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum: Knights of Determination Honor Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services
On Wednesday, October 19, 2011, His Highness Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum launched the official website of the Disabled Persons Federation at the Dubai Club for Special Sports, declaring the kickoff season to be in 2011-2012.  This came during the grand celebration held by the Board of Directors of the  Disabled Persons’ Federation to begin the new season and honor its successful partners.  The ceremony was attended by Prince Hans, District Chief of Ictn Stein, located between Switzerland and Austria and President of Foote Paul Azemmour Establishment, Ibrahim Abdul Malik, Secretary-General of the Public Authority for Youth Welfare and Sports, Khalid Cannon, Assistant Secretary of the Board, Dr. Ahmed Saad Al-Sharif, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, Mohamed Mohammed Fadel Hamli, Chairperson of Disabled Persons’ Federation, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, Vice President of the FIA, Nassan Thani Juma, Vice President of the Disabled Persons’ Federation and Chief Executive of the Special Olympics, and Majid Osaimi, Secretary of the Federation and the host of the ceremony.  The celebration began with the United Arab Emirates National Anthem followed by a blessed recitation from the Holy Quran by athlete Rashied Said.  Mohammed Fadel Hamli then gave an introductory speech in which he directed his thanks to SCHS for its unlimited support of the Knights of Determination.  He praised the high attendance of this event, which doubled with mention to the thought that the number of practitioners are increasing rapidly which is good for people with disabilities. Currently, over 1000 athletes are registered.
 There were over 113 medals won last year, by participating in 15 foreign championships.  Sharjah will host the World Games of Disability and Amputation for the first time next December.   The audiences interaction with the documentary film that displays the march of success of the Knights of Determination to try to overcome the barrier of disability and raise their country’s flag in international tournaments was extraordinary.  Mr. Abdullah Khalil Ahli, Head of the Deaf Committee revealed the committee’s motto.  His Highness Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum launched the official website of the Disabled Persons’ Federation and honored agencies, institutions, councils, and different sports clubs for the disabled.  SCHS’s 3 branches in Al Dhaid, Khorfakhan, Kalba were among honored institutions for their unlimited cooperation with the federation.  Mr. Ahmed Al Hamadi, Head of SCHS’s Public Relations Department, received the honorary mention on behalf of SCHS.  In addition,  Mr. Fayez Fathi Badawi, a Teacher of Physical Education, received the honorary mention on behalf of Khorfakhan and Kalba branches.  As for Al Dhaid branch, it was received by Mr. Amer Ahmed Ibrahim, a Physical Education Teacher.  Abdullah Saif Al Aryani, a Shooting Champion, presented a banquet of flowers to His Highness Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum on the occasion of winning the gold medal at the World Series of Shooting which concluded recently in Al Ain.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Saqr Al Qasimi Visits Al Amal School for the Deaf

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Saqr Al Qasimi Visits Al Amal School for the Deaf

On Tuesday, October 4th, 2011, His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Deputy Minister of Health and Assistant Director of Sharjah Medical Zone, visited Al Amal School for the Deaf, a school from Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS), a nonprofit organization located in United Arab Emirates which aims at providing advocacy, inclusion, and empowerment for people with disabilities under the Director Generalship of Sheikha Jameela bint Mohammed Al Qasimi.  He was received by Mrs. Afaf Al Haridi and a number of SCHS officials of departments.  His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed Bin Saqr Al Qasimi confirmed that excellence or superiority should not be restricted to none disabled people.  People with disabilities can create and achieve in all aspects of life.  They can learn and attain the highest academic degrees if they have the appropriate conditions.  The guest was introduced to the teaching methods used by teachers in Al Amal School.  He witnessed how the students at Al Amal school interact with their teachers and supervisors during lessons. This was not his first visit to the school. He had the chance to see the same students who often attend Al Thiqa Club for the Handicapped.  In a meeting with students and teaching staff at the school, His Excellency heard a group of requests by students.  The most notably was the establishment of a special office for persons with disabilities in hospitals and health centers with workers proficient in sign language.  Students emphasized the importance of providing hearing aids to those who are not able to buy them, and strengthen coordination between the ministry and SCHS through the organization through training courses in first aid as well as specific dates to visit SCHS by doctors to conduct medical exams for students.  Students’ demands also included: working on the nomination of a number of professional lecturers to deliver lectures on medical awareness, providing support and care for programs of joint sports and health activities, and open jobs for people with disabilities. 
His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Deputy Minister of Health and Assistant Director of Sharjah Medical Zone, took notes of all these requests, he said that work will begin next week to implement as much as possible of these demands.  He suggested that students formulate a special Health Committee of several students in order to coordinate with the Ministry of Health for the success of joint action.  He said, “there are a number of people with disabilities working in a number of hospitals who are familiar with sign language, and we will work in the future to increase this number of staff.  A number of doctors in various specialties are going to be sent to conduct free examinations for SCHS’s students, teachers, and employees in addition to organizing a number of training courses on first aid for the benefit of students and teachers”.  Moreover, He confirmed the importance of continuing these activities with Al Amal School for the Deaf because of the benefits that deaf students, who deserve support and assistance, can gain from various individuals and institutions of society.  At the end of the visit, His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed Bin Saqr Al Qasimi received a souvenir as a token of love and appreciation from students, who wished for visits in the future near future.  He recorded that he was very happy with his visit in SCHS’s guestbook. 

American University of Sharjah (AUS) Visits Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services

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American University of Sharjah (AUS) Visits Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services

On Tuesday, October 4th, 2011, a delegation from the Department of Community Services of Students Affairs Office of American University of Sharjah (AUS) visited Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS), a nonprofit organization located in United Arab Emirates which aims at providing advocacy, inclusion, and empowerment for people with disabilities under the Director Generalship of Sheikha Jameela bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, to support the activities, events and programs offered by SCHS to people with disabilities.  These services correspond to AUS’s vision and objectives.  H.H Sheikha Jameela bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Vice President of Sharjah Supreme Council for Family Affairs and Director General of SCHS, gladly received the guests. The delegation included Dr. Moza Al Shehhi, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Ms. Aisha Ali, Director of Community Service Programs, and Mr. Monqith Taha, Director of the Development of Student Affairs who stressed that cooperation with SCHS is very important for AUS due to the uniqueness of this prestigious institution in the field of humanitarian and voluntary services.  According to Dr. Moza Al Shehhi, seeking to sign an agreement of cooperation and partnership between SCHS and AUS to work on instilling a spirit of volunteerism in the hearts of students, who will participate in SCHS’s activities and events such as Al Amal Camp, was one primary reason for this visit.  In return, students with disabilities will be allowed to participate in AUS’s activities such as the charitable marathon, hand by hand program, and international day. 
The Vice Chancellor for Students Affairs quoted that “It is important for the AUS to train its students of the importance of working people with disabilities, in addition to supporting SCHS in the implementation of mobilization programs.  It aims at integrating people with disabilities in the community and investing the energies and abilities of students in supporting the goals of SCHS, which focus on awareness and prevention of disability.   Among the projects that will be examined and worked on in the future, is motivating the students of architecture to do their seminars on accessibility of buildings for people with disabilities in general.  Also the establishment of joint exhibitions for the gifted disabled and the adoption of theatrical works that address disability issues as well as to examine the possibility of establishing an office to support people with disabilities on campus”.   Dr Al Shehhi noted that “these mutual visits between SCHS and AUS have had a huge impact on the interaction of students with disabilities in being able to gain access and change conceptions about prejudices and negative misconceptions.  These students, will have the positive role of acting on the issues of persons with disabilities by optimization and support through decisions which are in the best interest of the disabled and the interest of society in general”.

Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services & Dubai Islamic Bank Foundation

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Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services & Dubai Islamic Bank Foundation

On Thursday, October 6th, 2011, H.H Sheikha Jameela bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Director General of Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS), a nonprofit organization located in the United Arab Emirates which aims at providing advocacy, education, and empowerment for people with disabilities, and Mr. Abdul Razak Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Islamic Bank-Foundation (DIB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support education, rehabilitation and training services provided by SCHS to people with disabilities in order to strengthen the cooperation and support of the strategic partnership between SCHS and DIB-Foundation to further enhance the support of people with disabilities and low income people eligible for Zakat.  Abdul Razak Abdullah said that the signing of this agreement is the embodiment of the importance of the role of social responsibility and joint cooperation between the two parties for the best interest of people with disabilities to complete their education, training and rehabilitation.  The institution will bear part of the fees prescribed for them, especially those who were unable to pay.  He added that the signing of the memorandum of understanding comes through the Foundation’s vision of the importance of cooperation with other bodies and institutions of humanitarian charities that support and help people with disabilities.  It is highlighting the leading role played by Dubai Islamic Bank in serving the community citizens and residents in the UAE.  Mr. Abdul Razak Abdullah is proud to work with SCHS who has become renowned in providing services to people with disabilities at local, Arab, and regional levels.  All staff at DIB are happy to cooperate with this prestigious organization who has a concern of educating and rehabilitating those with disabilities. 
H.H Sheikha Jameela bint Mohammed Al Qasimi said that the Memorandum of Understanding between SCHS and DIB-Foundation is an important step in consolidating the bonds of cooperation between the two parties to serve the community in general and persons with disabilities in particular.  As the memorandum has placed the comfort of people with disabilities on top of the list of its goals.  As an expression of thanks and appreciation for the constructive cooperation with SCHS, Mr. Jihad Abdel Qader, Head of SCHS’s Financial Resources Department, gave a memorial shield to Mr. Abdul Razak Abdullah who received it with gratitude.  Mr. Abdul Razak Abdullah was provided with a tour of Al Wafaa School for Developmental Training where he listened to a detailed explanation by Mrs. Mona Abdel Kareem, School’s Principal, on the mechanisms for the education of persons with intellectual disabilities and the methods used in educating them to further develop their abilities.   It is worth mentioning that DIB-Foundation of Dubai Islamic Bank had provided financial contribution to SCHS in its Zakat campaign which was organized during the holy month of Ramadan under the slogan “We are your children ” one million AED (1,000,000) was donated to support the humanitarian services provided by SCHS to persons with disabilities of different nationalities, who are unable to cover tuition and other services such as training, rehabilitation, treatment, and counseling.

Certificate of Appreciation from Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services

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Certificate of Appreciation from Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services
Dear Friends,
It gives me immense pleasure to share with you the joy of receiving today a Certificate of Appreciation from Sharjah City for Humanitarian Service (SCHS), a non-profit organization located in the United Arab Emirates under the Director Generalship of Sheikha Jameela bint Mohammad Al Qasimi for my contribution in the recently conducted 4th Used Book Fair.
The joy of interacting with the organisation and feelings I get while assisting those children and patrons involved is divine.
What I do for them is simple and not even comparable to the dedicated human effort offered by those assist them and involve with them on a day to day basis. I sincerely wish god gives me more opportunity to serve SCHS and other deserving individuals or organisaions, within my capability and capacity in future.
Sincerely,
Ramesh Menon
26. September 2011

Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services felicitates Sponsors and Volunteers from The Fourth Used Book Festival

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Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services Organized a Ceremony for Sponsors and Volunteers from The Fourth Used Book Festival

His Excellency Humaid Mohammad Al Qutami, Minister of Education, praised Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the United Arab Emirates Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah Emirate, endless efforts to sustain the cultural movement in Sharjah and encouraging the habit of reading.

He also praised the principles and values of the Fourth Used Book Festival, which was organized by Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS), a non-profit organization located in the United Arab Emirates that aims at providing inclusion, advocacy, and empowerment for people with disabilities under the General Directorship of Sheikha Jameela bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, in march.
The festival was a good opportunity to spread knowledge among people by exchanging used books. It also emphasized the importance of voluntarily work for youth.
H.E. Humaid Mohammad Al Qutami claimed after the honoring of sponsors and volunteers in a ceremony on Wednesday, May 18th “We are blessed with the great care and attention of Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the United Arab Emirates Supreme Council and Ruler of the Sharjah Emirate, who has been supporting cultural movements in Sharjah for years. Words cannot describe our feelings when we witness His Excellency Sheikh Sultan take care of each and every little detail that concerns our lives. Nevertheless, This orientation of spreading information and endorsing books has become our responsibility as well. Certainly, this event which was entitled “Treasure of Knowledge” represents so many concepts and values for students and public citizens. Notably, the number of exhibited books and participants has increased enormously in comparison with previous years”. To conclude the speech, Mr. Humaid highly appreciated the nonprofit efforts of SCHS, who is a pioneer in providing inclusion, advocacy, and empowerment for people with disabilities. He also thanked participants and volunteers for dedicating their time and effort to support SCHS’s work.
The Minister of Education was the guest of honor in this ceremony which took place in the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry auditorium in Al Mamzar area. Khalfan Al Shair, a Student in Al Wafaa School for Developmental Training, presented a bouquet of roses for H.E. Humaid Moh’d Al Qutami on arrival. The ceremony then began with the national anthem of United Arab Emirates followed by a blessed recitation from the Holy Quran by Noojod Abdel Rahman, also a student from Al Wafaa School for Developmental Training. Mrs. Mona Abdel Kareem, a member of the committee to attract public and private schools to participate in the Fourth Used Book Festival, gave a speech on behalf of SCHS in which she emphasized the importance of the cooperation which led to a successful event.
Organizers, participants, and volunteers were honored to share responsibility for carrying out the cultural event with a great amount of dedication and hard work. The event had many cultural and humanitarian dimensions that allows to gathering of people from different disciplines and goals to come together for an important humanitarian event. Emphasizing the value of books, encouraging the habit of reading, endorsing the concept of voluntarily, and creating an efficient way to raise funds to support SCHS’s nonprofit services, were among the festival’s prime objectives. Volunteers have the greatest role in reaching these goals; they managed to increase the number of exhibited books and participating organizations. Revenues were beyond expectations. A special thanks to those who contributed to the organization of this honoring ceremony, especially the Minister of Education Mr. Humaid Moh’d Al Qutami and to SCHS’s partners who were Sharjah Educational Zone, Youth Centers, and Sharjah Municipality.
To conclude her speech, Mrs. Mona Abdel Kareem stated that “We thank the Minister of Education who has been always there for us. With his great heart and good intentions, he has become another advocate for culture and knowledge. His efforts correspond to Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi’s, Member of the United Arab Emirates Supreme Council and Ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah, vision of a modern civilized community.
Participants and volunteers are motivated to do more for society’s advancement by such initiatives. They will work hard in order to make coming events as successful as the previous ones.

Mr. Said Salim El Kabi, Head of Sharjah Educational Zone, then gave a speech on behalf of SCHS’s partners in which he said “I am proud to represent the Fourth Used Book Festival’s sponsors in this ceremony. Certainly, we all heard about such cultural events in foreign and Arab countries, but today we see it as a reality in our country. The credit goes to SCHS who has proven to be a giving humanitarian organization. SCHS has never ceased to amaze us with distinguished projects such as this one. It is a serious attempt to enrich the knowledge of United Arab Emirates citizens and plant the concept of voluntarily work in the mind of youngsters. I thank Sheikha Jameela bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Vice President of the Sharjah Family Supreme Council and Director General of SCHS, who has a great dedication and loyalty to humanitarian services. We promise to stand next to you in the long path of community development“. To conclude the speech, he thanked his colleagues at Sharjah Educational Zone who are always seeking the best for the community. A short Film about the festival then was put on display. The videotape was filmed by Youth Centers. Finally, the Minister of Education honored sponsors, volunteers, and participating organizations such as public and private schools. A number of schools were rewarded for distinguished contributions such as Khaled bin Mohammed School, Ajman Special School, and others. The student Khalfan Soliman presented a gift to the Minister of Education in a touching gesture of appreciation. The gift was made by SCHS’s Vocational Rehabilitation & Training Department students. The Minister of Education also received a present from the University of Sharjah, which presented another gifts to Mr. Jihad Abdel Qader, Head of SCHS’s Financial Department. Mr. Nasair Draweesh, who was in charge of the Pricing and Classification Committee, presented the ceremony’s program.