Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press (HBKU Press) recently held a literary workshop titled The Wealth of Minds for educators and librarians in Qatar, at the HBKU Student Centre, highlighting the importance of reading as a tool for developing young minds and providing the basis for mental exercise that helps develop the brain.

According to Muneera Saad Al Romaihi, Community Outreach Specialist at HBKU Press, the goal of the workshop is to provide teachers, librarians and administrators with the tools they need to identify the power of literature in shaping minds.

The workshop was led by Latifa Al Ghanem, a former supervisor at the Ministry of Education, and a Certified Human Development Trainer at IllafTrain – The HR Development Leader. She explored the concept that the human mind is the true source of wealth. She explained how to use the wealth of mind in practice and demonstrated the importance of reading.

I was very happy when HBKU Press approached me for this workshop. I’ve given so many workshops but the ones that are truly successful are those that meet the needs of the community. I could see the engagement and interest of the attendees and I was happy to contribute to the knowledge of educators in Qatar.’

Moza Al Mohannadi from Al Nahdha Primary Girls School, attended the workshop to learn tips on how to encourage reading among students in her school. She said that her approach has changed after the workshop.

As educators, we must foster a positive approach to reading among children and show them what they can gain (by reading) instead of them seeing it as a task. The workshop was well-planned and well-executed, and Latifa’s delivery was interesting and engaging.’

The Wealth of Minds workshop is part of a series of workshop that HBKU Press will host over the 2018-2019 school year. Check more details on their website.