Rabat (UNA-OIC) – The Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) participated in the first international academic symposium on the Arabic language, held on Tuesday under the theme: “Contributions of academic institutions to teaching Arabic to non-Arabic speakers: experiences and aspirations”.
The Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah International Islamic University (UniSHAMS) in Malaysia organized the event remotely, in cooperation with the Faculty of Languages of Al-Madinah International University, with the participation of researchers and specialists in teaching Arabic to non-Arabic speakers.
President of the Arabic Language Center for Non-Arabic Speakers Dr. Magdy Haj Ibrahim represented ICESCO at the symposium. He gave a lecture on the Centre’s contributions to the advancement of Arabic, as well as an overview of the Center established under the new organizational structure of ICESCO.
Haj Ibrahim talked about the main objectives and tasks of the Center, including the provision of educational and academic services and technical advice for the benefit of the competent authorities, institutions and personnel in the field of the Arabic language for non-Arabic speakers inside and outside the Islamic world.
He also reviewed the main programs and activities of the Center, as well as its digital achievements launched as part of the global “ICESCO Digital Home” initiative. It includes the initiatives of the open digital program “Learn Arabic, master it at home”, for the benefit of non-Arabic speaking Arab students; the “Languages of Africa, bridges of culture and history” initiative, aiming at raising awareness of the use of the languages of African peoples written with Arabic character; and the “Zidni ‘Ilman” initiative for the benefit of teachers and pedagogical managers working in the teaching of Arabic; as well as the “Bayan” competition for expressive creativity in Arabic.