Books Back in the Limelight as Annual Chevron Readers’ Cup Returns
Dubai, 4 October 2017: Students once again have the chance to display their reading skills with the launch of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature student competition, the Chevron Readers’ Cup. Organisers today announced the popular quiz-style reading competition is open for registration.
Open to full-time students in the GCC (UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait), the competition, held in Arabic and English, has seen a growing interest from school and university students across all age categories. ‘The increase in the number of participants for this competition has been staggering,’ said Isobel Abulhoul, OBE, CEO and Trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation and Director of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. ‘Over the years, the support from our education community and our sponsors has enabled us to bring these fun and creative activities to thousands of students. We are looking forward to another year of enthusiastic reading from the students.’
Participants can register online via the Festival website. The semi-final and final rounds of the competition will be held at the tenth annual Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, which runs from 1-10 March, 2018. The Festival’s two student writing competitions, the Oxford University Press Story Writing Competition and the Taaleem Award for poetry, are already open for submissions and will close on 16 November 2017.
Chevron Readers’ Cup
The inter-school Readers’ Cup competition is divided into two age categories – Primary Schools (up to age 11) and Secondary Schools (ages 12-16). Teams are provided with a list of books written by participating 2018 Festival authors on which the quiz questions are based. After an elimination round, the top 16 teams advance to the final, battling for first place in a live ‘read-off’ held at the Festival.
Teams can register for the competition online at emirateslitfest.com/competitions/young-peoples-competitions/readers-cup. Registrations close on 23 October 2017.
More than 2000 students entered the Readers’ Cup in 2017 and Christopher Bradley, Chevron Alkhalij Country Chairman for UAE, predicts a rise in participation again this year. ‘The Chevron team has enjoyed moderating this competition for the past six years and watching the growing passion of the participants for reading books. Their competitive spirit is palpable and we can only expect a higher number of competitors this year given the increased awareness in the UAE and GCC about reading and its benefits for children.’
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