Omani delegation lauds experience of Sharjah’s Children Biennial and government’s support for artistic creativity

SHARJAH, 4th February, 2015 (WAM) — The Sharjah Department of Children Centres has received a delegation from Oman’s Ministry of Education, aimed to gain deeper insight into the experience of Sharjah Children’s Biennial, which is being organised by the department in collaboration with the Sharjah Museums Department in its 4th edition, and to benefit from the department’s experience in organising the largest art event of its kind in the region.

The delegation visited the premises of the Department of Children Centres, a subsidiary of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, the Children Centre in Halwan, and the Children Centre in Mughayder, home to the 4th edition of the Sharjah Children Biennial, which will conclude this coming Monday.

Headed by Dr. Khalid bin Rashid Al Bloushi, Assistant Director of Educational Programmes and Deputy Chairman of the Committee for the International Biennial of Oman, the delegation included Najah Al Habsi, member of the Office of the Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Curriculum, and Rapporteur of the Committee of the International Biennial of Oman, and Samira Al Harthi, Fine Art specialist at the Educational Activities Department and member of the Committee of the International Biennial of Oman.

The delegation was received by Reem BinKaram, acting Director of the Department Children Centres, and Chairperson of the Sharjah Children Biennial, and Emirati artist Nasser Nassrallah, curator of Sharjah Children Biennial.

The Omani delegates lauded the significant role played by the Government of Sharjah in supporting and developing children’s talent and providing all necessary means and potential to create a conducive environment for creativity in all fields.

BinKaram said, “We have clear guidance from the wife of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, to meet the artistic needs of children in the UAE and beyond.” BinKaram added, “The visit by the Omani delegation comes within the framework of the exchange of expertise and developing avenues of joint action in the future,” BinKaram expressed her happiness in supporting the Biennale of Oman and providing it with the expertise, so that the Omani Biennale becomes an important GCC cultural landmark for children in the region.

Dr. Khalid bin Rashid Al Bloushi said, “We are pleased with visiting Sharjah and learning about the premier cultural events it hosts. We have been impressed with what we have seen, and we are proud of these cultural achievements made by a sisterly Gulf State, particularly in the field of nurturing children’s talent in art.” He said the visit aimed to familiarise the delegation with the expertise and experiences of the Department of Children’s Centres, and discuss means of cooperation between the biennials in Sharjah and Oman in light of the success of the Sharjah Biennial’s consecutive editions. “We believe that we will achieve fruitful results and make steps for future cooperation in light of the convergence of views in favour of children in the two sisterly countries.” BinKaram expressed the willingness of Sharjah Children’s Biennial to support Oman’s Biennale by all possible means.