MUSCAT — Two students from the Sultana’s School here have won top prizes at the recently held Train of Knowledge competition, a reading contest between schools in the region organised by the Ministry of Education in the United Arab Emirates.
Year 8 student Zahra Al Hashimi finished in third place and Year 8 Alaa Al Rawahi finished four after competing against students from other schools in Oman as well as Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Egypt and Palestine.
Train of Knowledge aims to increase the attention given by schools, educational administrations and social organisations to the importance of encouraging reading
“All of us at the school are exceptionally proud that two of our students have excelled in this competition which mirrors our approach to learning,” Graeme Garrett, Principal of The Sultana’s School, said.
“Interactive learning initiatives such as this one should be encouraged. Not only do students benefit directly through improved reading abilities but creatively and socially through the stories they read that capture their imagination,” he added.
In the contest, students, both male and female, were required to read 85 Arabic language books throughout the school year and pass through the “green”, “blue”, “silver” and finally “gold” stages by providing a written summary of what they have read.
Scores are given for the standard of Arabic language and the comprehension used in the assessment, as well as the types of book read and general knowledge.