Describe the main features of the measure/initiative:
Launched in 2012, Books Made in UAE aims to encourage the creation of Emirati-made children’s and young adult books, written and illustrated by Emirati writers and illustrators, and reflecting the cultural values and interests of the young people of the UAE. The project seeks to build the capacity and skills of young Emirati writers and illustrators, under the supervision of a group of renowned international illustrators, writers, and experts. This project was in collaboration with Goethe- Institut Gulf Region until 2019, and previous themes included: Children’s picture books, young adult books, comics, Emirati folktales, silent books, and books on children’s rights and safety.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?:
Supporting and honing skills of emerging and aspiring writers and illustrators in the UAE, and helping produce high quality books; some of which are now on the IBBY’s Silent Book Collection 2019. Some other results include: • Publishing books: Since March 2011 Emirati children’s book authors and illustrators worked together in workshops jointly organized by UAEBBY and the Goethe-Institut. Authors and illustrators managed to make stories come to life in a creative and imaginative way. The workshop was conducted by well-known German children’s book author and illustrator Ute Krause. All children’s books have received an offer of publication from local and regional publishing houses. • Workshops: in 2016, workshops were hosted for comic artists and manga artists. • Book tour: The exhibition “Books – Made in UAE – New Emirati Children’s Books” presented the results of this project and gave a glimpse inside the process of creating books. In 2013 this exhibition was presented in various locations throughout the UAE. Readings and talks with participating authors and illustrators have been organized. • Workshops for School Librarians: The workshops were conducted by experienced reading promotion expert Gaby Hohm. The workshops were designed to encourage and support librarians from schools and public libraries in the UAE to try new and interactive methods of promoting reading in libraries. The methods were designed to actively involve the children to make reading and books an important part of every child’s life.