The first regional event to be held through TEDinArabic – a groundbreaking initiative between Qatar Foundation (QF) and TED – has taken place with the aim of helping to preserve and celebrate the Arabic language and promote its continuing use and relevance to the world.
The event, held during the 2021 WISE Summit, organized by QF’s global education initiative under the theme of Generation Unmute: Reclaiming Our Future Through Education, was attended by Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice Chairperson and CEO of QF; Machaille Hassan Al-Naimi, President of Community Development at QF, and Dr. Ahmad M. Hasnah, President of QF’s Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU).
Dr. Rana Dajani, Founder of We Love Reading, spoke about the initiative that she founded in Jordan, which aims to nurture children who are lifelong learners people who are able to make change happen through using reading as a tool to develop the mind, enrich language, release emotions, and feel that nothing is impossible.
“Each of the We Love Reading ambassadors has, through their experience, explored their inner capabilities, which led to them becoming change makers in their communities,” she said.
“The We Love Reading strategy is based on intrinsic motivation rather than on external stimuli, which is an important turning point for creating a radical change in the public framework that would help in creating a sustainable future.
“I invite you all to embark together on a journey of self-discovery, in which we change thinking patterns through reading, in order to become the change makers that we need”.
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