Describe the main features of the measure/initiative:
The Emirates Literature Foundation (ELF) is a not-for-profit non-governmental organization that supports and nurtures a love of literature in the UAE and across the region through a program of varied cultural initiatives. The Foundation governs the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, the UAE’s premier literary festival, and as part of its initiatives, has implemented a School Librarian of the Year Award, Voices of Future Generations, as well as year-round School Education Programs, Book Clubs and Creative Writing Courses. The Foundation’s popular annual competitions and creative courses encourage students to unlock their own potential in reading and writing. Working with its partners, the Emirates Literature Foundation has created opportunities for young authors and illustrators to publish their writing. Global Association of Literary Festivals The Emirates Literature Foundation hosted a conference for festival directors of other international festivals at the Emirates LitFest 2020. The aim was to build bridges with other festivals, giving the opportunity of showcasing Emirati writers and provide opportunities for them to appear at other festivals around the world. As a result, Afra Atiq and HE Omar Said Ghobash took part at the Jaipur Literary Festival in India and were invited to attend other international festivals throughout 2020. Due to the pandemic this was not possible, so the “Literary Conversation Across Borders” project was instigated with the support of the UAE Office of Public and Cultural Diplomacy. It used a digital platform to host Emirati writers and commentators in live discussions with high profile experts from around the world on a variety of critical topics. As a result of the success of the Conference, the Global Association of Literary Festivals was founded. Administered by the Emirates Literature Foundation, it provides a medium for sharing information and collaboration with other festivals around the world Voices of Future Generations The Voices of Future Generations is a unique writing initiative, created to promote sustainability awareness and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The competition for children encourages stories about characters overcoming sustainability challenges, the Rights of a Child, and creating a more tolerant world. The best entries are published in a book and sent to schools across the globe. The Voices of Future Generations regional competition is organized by the Emirates Literature Foundation on behalf of Her Highness Sheikha Hessa Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Goodwill Ambassador for the initiative for the Gulf Region.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?:
Emirates Airlines Literature Festival Emirates Airlines Literature Festival provides a platform for Emirati writers. In 2009 the festival had 4 Emirati authors, this number rose to 46 authors in 2020. Literary Conversations Across Borders (LCAB) Literary Conversations Across Borders completed eight sessions between May and July 2020 featuring prominent Emiratis in discussion with world experts. The sessions were hosted with simultaneous translation from English to Arabic. They provided exposure for Emirati writers and enabled building awareness with other festivals around the world. More than 9,000 individuals from 63 countries registered to participate in the LCAB, with a very high take up of repeat registrations from preceding events. The additional number of YouTube views (till October 2020) was 1,801. The estimated media coverage from the press campaign was 548 million views, with coverage value USD 1.24 million. Global Association of Literary Festivals: Since its launch in May, the Global Association of Literary Festivals has 80 new members. Discussions are underway for collaboration with Bergen Literary Festival in Norway and Jaipur Literary Festival. Voices of Future Generations The first regional winners of Voices of Future Generations were announced at the end of September 2020. The ceremony also marked the launch of the second edition of the competition in the Gulf region, with excellent engagement from schools.