The SMCCU has partnered with ZUKharareef Story Telling Club and Sheikha AlYazia bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan’s ZOWD Foundation for the First Annual New Fairytales & Fables from the UAE Writing Competition. Last November, the contest idea won in the heritage category of the ZU Innovation Awards, and is the brainchild of ZUKharareef Club President Noor Abdul Hamaid. The SMCCU has provided its expertise to the implementation strategy of the contest, and details of the competition and school registration can be found on our website at www.cultures.ae/index.php/writing-contest . The contest is meant to celebrate the art of storytelling within the Emirati local traditions and our participation and support in this cultural literacy project and reading initiative are part The Mohammed bin Rashid Global Initiatives, and the Year of Reading Project.
The concept of the contest is meant to connect our educational communities, celebrate Emirati heritage and culture, and contribute to HH Sheikh Mohammed’s efforts to encourage reading and writing in Arabic. Students will be asked to compose their own “fairytales and fables” less than 500 words, in Arabic or English, that reflect the 40 themes chosen by the contest organizers. These themes will focus on Emirati values and character traits, encourage these values and/ or discourage values and behaviors inconsistent with Emirati culture. The competition will be held for grades 7-12 with groupings in English for grades 7-9 and 10-12 and the same categories will apply in Arabic. Schools are required to host an internal competition and we encourage them to include all their grades in that process. Topics and themes will be announced on February 19th, 2016, the opening day of the contest and submission deadline is March 19th, 2016 which coincides with World Story Telling Day 2016.
Winners will have their story illustrated and published in a short story book.