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16 June 2022, 10:28

First phase of 'School of Life' kicks off at Dubai Public Libraries

DUBAI, 16 June (BelTA - Emirates News Agensy). - Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) launched the first phase of the 'School of Life' project across three Dubai Public Library branches, starting from June 2022 until the end of the year.

The School of Life project is a pioneering initiative that aims to build cultural, creative and life skills for all community members across Dubai by providing an innovative educational environment. Dubai Culture will hold interactive workshops across three Dubai Public Library branches throughout the year, namely Al Safa Art and Design Library, Al Twar Library and Al Mankhool Library.

The project aligns with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to enhance the effective cultural movement in the emirate and make it the preferred destination for global cultural and creative talents.

Eiman Al Hammadi, Acting Manager of the Libraries Affairs Section at Dubai Culture, said, "By activating the School of Life project, we aspire to upgrade Dubai's public libraries according to the highest international standards by offering innovative educational and interactive programmes in life skills, visual art, literature, calligraphy and languages among others throughout the year. This project aims to build cultural, artistic, creative and life skills that contribute to making a positive change for individuals and society, providing a supportive environment for talent development and stimulating the active participation of all society members by making culture accessible to everyone. This would contribute to cementing Dubai's position as a global centre for culture, an incubator for creativity and a thriving hub for talent, and supporting the growth of cultural and creative industries in the emirate to enhance its economic and cultural return."

Throughout June, Al Twar Library, Al Safa Art and Design Library and Al Mankhool Library will present a rich programme of interactive workshops covering storytelling, creative writing, linguistics, crafts and visual arts, business skills, self-development, relationship building, and many other skill programmes. Participants in the School of Life sessions must be Dubai Public Library members.

Khawla Bin Fahd, School of Life Project Manager at Dubai Culture, said, "We are pleased that our libraries are an incubator for educational and interactive workshops and activities targeting different age groups and enriching their intellectual, creative and cultural knowledge. This is made more relevant given School of Life's status as a long-term and continuous project covering a diverse set of specialised topics, which contributes to strengthening the relationship between community members and libraries as knowledge, educational and entertainment destinations."

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