Books gift of wisdom for labourers

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

THE members and supporters of Pakistan Youth Forum of Pakistan Association Dubai installed a bookshelf at a labourer’s accommodation to inculcate a reading habit in the blue-collar workforce.
The initiative is in line with His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi’s, directive to declare 2016 as “The Year of Reading” as the initiative is taking place at Transguard staffing facility in Tijarah Town, near Dubai Outlet Mall -AlAin Road.
The book shelf – which is custom-built and is shaped in the alphabets of the word READ – will be officially inaugurated on Dec 31, while transitioning in 2017 – “The Year of Giving” as declared by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. As one of the key elements of “The Year of Giving” is instilling social responsibility among the youth, the book shelf is the first step towards that – providing a platform to obtain knowledge and wisdom has always been a classic example of giving and sharing.
The evening will be attended by officials from Community Development Authority of Dubai (CDA), Pakistan Consulate, Pakistan Association Dubai, Pakistan Youth Forum, and Transguard.
“We feel that reading plays a very major role in the life and development of any human being at any level or position. It is the vision of His Highness that has enabled us to cater to the staff in this facility, who will benefit from this shelf as youth members of the community and future leaders we feel the responsibility to provide multiple platforms to promote reading and giving back to the community,” highlighted Ibtisam Azeem, External Affairs Secretary of Pakistan Youth Forum.
The book shelf contains reading material in multiple languages, and focuses on the topics of history, geography, and fiction. The shelf has been fabricated with support from Al Meher Group – a leading contracting company in the region.
Dr Faisel Ikram, the General Secretary of Pakistan Association Dubai, said: “We decided to officially inaugurate this on the last day of the year as we move ahead to the next year, which has been declared as ‘The Year of Giving’. Reading provides a great deal of wisdom in all mankind, and broadens our imagination.”
-Published in The Gulf Today

~ by jamilkhan on December 29, 2016.

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