Young students motivated to conduct research
The competition aimed at encouraging young students from 20 schools in Sana’a to conduct simple research projects about different topics.
Al-Matari was surrounded by her relatives and friends who patted her on the back for her achievement. Her eyes sparkled with excitement as she said: “This prize will encourage me to read more and more.”
Al-Matari’s research was about change and building Yemen’s future. She wrote about the stages of change in Yemen over the last few years.
“I wanted to convey a message about the importance of changing ourselves before we ask others to change,” she told the Yemen Times.
Al-Matari, who aspires to be a surgeon in the future, said that the prize will highly motivate her to help build her country.
“I will also convince other friends and people to read a lot and to contribute to building our country,” she said enthusiastically.
The I Love My Book campaign has contributed greatly towards inspiring thousands of children and students to love reading.
Samira Abdul-Wadood, a librarian at Khawla School in Sana’a, where there is an amazing library provided by the campaign, said that turnout of students to the library has increased in recent days.
She indicated that such libraries help create awareness and skill generation. “We should work together to instill a love of reading into students and all people.”
Adrian Chadwick, director of British Council in Yemen urged students to read a lot, saying “Arabic is one of the most beautiful languages.”
Encouraging research skills
“I was impressed by the enthusiasm of students who were willing to participate in the competition,” said Elham Al-Gohaly, projects assistant at the British Council and one of the most effective education activists who promote the love of reading among young students.
Al-Gohaly stressed the importance of having such competitions in Yemen’s schools to provide students with the concept of research and to enable them to write their own research later on.
"Unfortunately, some students in universities find it difficult to conduct research because they didn’t learn this important skill as it was not taught to them in school,” she said.