H E Dr Hamad bin Abdul Aziz Al Kuwari, Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage announced the launch of the 5th State Awards for Children Literature on Monday.
The award includes competitions in the fields of playwriting short stories, tutorial drama and photography, literary studies, music and lyrics as well as electronic games.
The Minister said that the goal of the award was to increase the production of children-related intellectual work. He was speaking at a press conference at ministry’s head quarter.
This would help raise a new generation in keeping with the Arab and Islamic culture, he added.
He said that the award was fully supported by the State of Qatar, referring to the speech of the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani which stressed on the importance of culture and the role of the state in supporting it.
“Since its inception in 2008, the award has contributed to the promotion of child literature across the Arab world; it aims to bring up a generation fully aware of their Arab and Islamic identity and cultural heritage,” he pointed out.
The ministry launched an Internet webpage dedicated to Arab children in addition to providing prizes to winners and publishing the winning works, so that they can interact with their culture from an early age. The webpage also presents the Arabic language in a very simple and interesting manner.
The award paved the way for classy literature for children that was appropriate with the Arab and Islamic culture.
It has been awarded every year starting from 2008.The winners of the prize are awarded QR200,000.
Any Qatari or Arabic writer could participate in the award by sending a piece of work that is innovative and has a message that emphasizes the Arabic and Islamic cultures.
They must present six hard copies of the work in A4 paper with traditional Arabic as the font, with 14 being its size and one electronic copy.
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