MAKTABA, the library department at Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT Abu Dhabi) has rolled out a special program to motivate students to be innovative as part of the sixth edition of the UAE Innovation Month festival.
The special program includes “Make it… Towards Sustainability,” a competition developed to provide a platform for encouraging children to innovate by filing their skills and ideas while channeling their energies towards actions that benefit society.
The competition will make the participants aware of the importance of sustainability in preserving the environment, at the same time enhancing their readiness to tackle environmental challenges like waste reduction, alternative energy sources and global warming.
“As the country harnesses the latest technologies and embraces digital transformation initiatives, UAE Innovation Month has grown to become one of the major events in our calendar. Sustainability is also a key element in this year’s UAE Innovation Week, which aligns with one of DCT Abu Dhabi’s key mandates to utilize the best sustainable practices in our tourism and culture sectors,” said Shaikha Mohamed Almehairi, Library Management Director at DCT Abu Dhabi.
MAKTABA’s Innovation Month program was kick-started with a workshop titled “I Innovate,” which intended to boost innovation in students, while another demonstrated to students the skills of critical thinking and analysis through science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The upcoming ‘Innovation Strategies’ workshop will introduce DCT Abu Dhabi and corporate employees, as well as the general public, to innovation mechanisms, stages, tools and strategies.
As part of the Innovation Month program, MAKTABA will host three additional workshops for students, starting with ‘Learn, Read and Innovate,’ which will underscore the importance of reading in acquiring knowledge, while exploring the best ways to innovate.
Another workshop will assist children in discovering and developing their talents to boost their creativity. The program will conclude with a workshop that aims to teach children about the best practices for recycling household waste to better protect the environment.
UAE Innovation Month was established to create, promote and celebrate a culture of innovation in the emirates by supporting creative and skilled individuals across numerous sectors by hosting events.