'MAKTABA' Summer Camp 2022 sees record increase in participants, programmes

ABU DHABI, 19th September, 2022 (WAM) -- MAKTABA, the library management section of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), recently concluded its successful 2022 Summer Camp, with both participant numbers and the number of programmes offered nearly doubling from last year.

The programme, which took place in Abu Dhabi from 1st to 28th August, welcomed 10,600 participants, an astounding 98% year-on-year increase compared to the 5,350 participants in 2021. This year, the number of artistic and educational programmes also increased, with camp-goers enjoying a wide offering of 453 activities, compared to 235 the previous year.

Shaikha AlMehairi, Library Management Director at DCT Abu Dhabi, said, "This year's Summer Camp saw a very high turnout, confirming the popularity of MAKTABA initiatives aimed at enhancing the creative and entrepreneurial skills of children and teenagers. The diversity of the programming, boosted by its 'edutainment' elements, contributed to the Camp's success and allowed participants to both unleash their creativity and learn valuable life skills during the summer vacation."

Interactive activities and workshops at MAKTABA Summer Camp included various sessions to refine students' talents, develop their personalities and expand their knowledge and practical experience. The Camp included a lecture on management and leadership sciences, led by a group of specialists in both fields, and workshops to help children safely and securely navigate the world of social media safely and securely.

Also on offer were a variety of inspiring educational lectures, interactive reading workshops, and a range of activities geared towards those with artistic and literary talent.

In conjunction, MAKTABA once again hosted its "Summer Reading Challenge" programme, which encourages children to learn about new subjects and develop a regular habit of reading.