Sharjah’s network of libraries is expected to get even bigger as a new project aims to install new libraries in each of the emirate’s labour accommodations. The Labour Standards Development Authority in Sharjah (LSDA) announced the initiative on Tuesday to commemorate International Literacy Day.
“The LSDA affirmed its keen interest in providing education and training for workers, especially the basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics, in an effort to improve their job opportunities and to ensure their active and productive participation in economic development,” the LSDA said in a statement announcing the project.
Organised in cooperation with the "Culture Without Borders" initiative in Sharjah, the library project will support its goal of promoting a culture of reading among workers, the LSDA said. The libraries will be provided with various sources of information in several languages, and the reading materials will be regularly updated.
The authority had previously conducted educational courses for workers, including courses to learn English in cooperation with the American University of Sharjah, said Salem Yousef Al Qaseer, chairman of LSDA. More courses will be organised, he added, to give workers the opportunity to acquire new skills.
He also revealed plans to open permanent halls in labour public parks where such courses will be held for workers. Through the authority’s initiative, hundreds of workers were also able to attend educational seminars and lectures that were held during the latest edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair.