Creative AJA Students Rise to the Reading Challenge

Creative AJA Students Rise to the Reading Challenge

Talented students from Al Jazeera Academy seized the opportunity to showcase their creative and literary talents in the 2018/19 Final of the AJA Reading Challenge. This was a prestigious community event staged at the magnificent Qatar National Library building. It was designed and organised by Mumtaz Moosa, Senior Librarian at Al Jazeera Academy and comprised a collaboration between AJA and the Museum of Islamic Arts. AJA were delighted and honoured to welcome Susan Parker-Leavy, Head of Library Museum of Islamic Arts (M.I.A) and Ghenwa Yehia, Author, along with Enab Mohammed also a M.I.A Librarian.

Students were initially encouraged to draw inspiration from their own reading to derive a creative and personal writing response, subsequently bringing this writing to life through a skilful and animated live reading presentation. Students were able to either read or improvise their response.

The judging panel praised all the students’ efforts. Over 60 students from Years 4 to 8 in the school appeared in the final. Sallahuddin Abdullah and Mohammad Ayaz emerged as the winning students from the Primary School with the ‘The Kidnapper’ and the intriguingly titled ‘Flammable Boy’ respectively. For the Secondary School Hamza Al Haque and Khalid Abdulghani came out on top with their suspenseful and dramatic renditions utilising the ‘Spy Story’ genre.

Organiser Mumtaz Moosa praised ‘the enthusiastic responses of the students which will surely seek to inspire even more students to participate in future library events.’

Sheldon Smith, Al Jazeera Academy Principal said ‘Our students were a credit to Al Jazeera Academy and demonstrated both their love of reading and presentation skills, visibly gaining in confidence and assurance.’

Ta’allum Director of Education, Dr Mohammed Saefan said ‘At Ta’’allum we believe that positive, experiential language learning is the cornerstone of future academic success. It is wonderful to see the students enjoy the magic of reading in such an enlightened and imaginative manner.’

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