Qatar National Library (QNL) brought the magic of storytelling to tens of thousands of children at home during Ramadan through collaborations with a number of local educational and entertainment institutions.
In co-operation with children’s broadcaster Baraem TV and Qatari educational institutions KidZania, Ktateeb, Generation Amazing and Maktaba, QNL reached out to young people across the country during the holy month via social media to help strengthen the culture of reading and learning.
Staff members from the Children’s Library live-streamed pre-recorded stories for children of all ages while schools and libraries have been closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation.
For example, Ebrahim al-Bishri from the Children’s Library read stories to children every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday live on KidZania Doha’s Facebook and Instagram live feeds throughout Ramadan. Most recently, he could be seen reading Aesop’s The Lion and the Mouse in English and Arabic in his own inimitable style.
Maram A al-Mahmoud, head of the Children’s Library, said, “Much like our library building, schools around Qatar have been closed recently, and online learning has taken on an increasingly important role.
The lockdown has given librarians a unique opportunity to offer children insights into the magic of storytelling through the use of online platforms.”
“Throughout Ramadan, parents have understandably been concerned about how they’re going to juggle their new roles as full-time educators in addition to their normal parenting responsibilities. We have responded to this concern by offering new ways to bring our literature to life through the social media accounts of a variety of organisations across Qatar,” added the official.
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