Cultural – Wahib Al-Wahaibi
The Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Charitable Foundation, in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and in cooperation with the American University in Cairo, is organizing the Regional Expert Conference for the Arabic Language under the title “Promoting the Arabic Language in Education to Build More Inclusive Societies” during the period 27-28. November 2023 in Cairo.
The conference aims to shed light on the multi-faceted challenges facing the Arabic language in contemporary societies, and to highlight the essential role that this language plays as a motivating factor for achieving inclusion in our Arab societies, in addition to introducing innovative strategies that provide practical paths to strengthening the Arabic language, and paving the way for rich dialogues. To learn about inspiring success stories, and to provide an opportunity for cooperation and participation between experts, practitioners, and key actors from various Arab countries, in the Levant, Morocco, and the Arabian Gulf, who will combine their efforts to provide recommendations and propose concrete measures that contribute to strengthening the Arabic language and advancing their societies.
The conference forms an episode of a broader project implemented by the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Program to Support the Arabic Language at UNESCO through its regional office in Beirut. It is one of the largest cultural programs supported by the Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Charitable Foundation. The project includes a series of workshops that were implemented. With the participation of specialists, experts, and workers in civil society institutions from the Levant, Morocco, and the Arab Gulf, who combined their efforts to come up with a proposal for a road map that will be presented and discussed at the conference.
The conference includes seven discussion sessions, the first of which is titled The Arabic Language: Representations, Challenges, and Opportunities, while the second session discusses teaching the Arabic language and its relationship to identity and values. In the third session, participants discuss the Arabic language and achieving quality education. The fourth session is titled “Teaching Methods and Good Educational Practices.” The fifth session discusses the issue of the Arabic language and reading, while the sixth session reviews the electronic guide to promising practices in teaching the Arabic language in the Arab region in order to build more inclusive societies. The seventh session also reviews a road map for promoting the Arabic language in education and in local communities, and the conference’s recommendations are issued in Closing session.
The conference comes within the efforts of the Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Charitable Foundation to promote the Arabic language in international forums through many activities and events in cooperation with a number of international organizations through many paths that had a great impact in raising the level of presence of the Arabic language and providing outlets for teaching it to non-native speakers. With it.
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