Qatar receives Guinness for ‘Largest Reading Lesson’, even as avid readers struggle with lack of bookshops and public libraries
Earlier today, Qatar received the Guinness World Record for organising the ‘Largest Reading Lesson’ in Arabic in the world. More than 1,000 students from independent schools around Qatar gathered at the Qatar National Convention Centre today for this initiative, which was inspired by UNESCO’s annual World Book Day.
During the hour-long reading lesson, children between the ages of five and ten years, accompanied by their teachers, read author Sarah Medina’s Arabic children’s book titled ‘Anger’. They were encouraged to participate in a Q&A session after the reading was over.
Following the reading session, Qatar obtained the Guinness World Records title for the ‘Largest Reading Lesson’ in the world from a Guinness Official.
The United States previously held this record with 451 children participating in one lesson.
No country for readers
There is a certain irony, however, in this record. Except for the Doha Mums library (for members), there are no public libraries for children. The only libraries open to the public are those within universities. Though this might change as Qatar National Library expands.
Initiatives such as this hopes to encourage people, particularly children, to read more.
Meanwhile here are some leads to where you can buy or borrow books in Qatar.
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