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QNL and partners engage children through Ramadan programmes

QNL and partners engage children through Ramadan programmes

Tribune News Network
Doha
Qatar National Library (QNL) brought the magic of storytelling to tens of thousands of children at home during Ramadan through collaborations with a number of local educational and entertainment institutions.
In cooperation with children’s broadcaster Baraem TV and Qatari educational institutions KidZania, Ktateeb, Generation Amazing and Maktaba, the library reached out to young people across the country during the holy month via social media to help strengthen the culture of reading and learning.
Staff members from the Children’s Library live-streamed and pre-recorded stories for children of all ages as schools and libraries were closed due to the COVID-19 situation.
For example, Ebrahim Al Bishri from the Children’s Library read stories to children every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday live on KidZania Doha’s Facebook and Instagram live feeds throughout Ramadan. Most recently, he could be seen reading Aesop’s ‘The Lion and the Mouse’ in English and Arabic in his own inimitable style.
Maram A Al Mahmoud, head of the Children’s Library, said: “Much like our library building, schools across Qatar have been closed recently, and online learning has taken an increasingly important role. The lockdown has given librarians a unique opportunity to offer children insights into the magic of storytelling through the use of online platforms.
“Throughout Ramadan, parents have understandably been concerned about how they’re going to juggle their new roles as full-time educators in addition to their normal parenting responsibilities. We have responded to this concern by offering new ways to bring our literature to life through the social media accounts of a variety of organisations across Qatar.
“Our mission is to create and sustain trusted educational environments and to develop innovative programmes for children using technology and culture as our key learning tools. We hope to build on these new collaborations to provide an ever-increasing pool of online knowledge to bring the joy of literature to more young people in Qatar than ever before.”

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