ICESCO to explore future of Arabic language for non-native speakers beyond COVID-19

ICESCO to explore future of Arabic language for non-native speakers beyond COVID-19

Rabat (UNA-OIC) – The Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) will hold today the Virtual International Forum “Arabic Language for Non-Arabic Speakers beyond COVID-19: Renewing Strategies and Developing Tools and Methods”.

During the forum participants will explore the major lessons learned from the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Arabic language for non-native speakers, and outline the future action priorities and strategic choices likely to improve the quality and outcomes of this type of education and promote the position of Arabic language in Muslim countries and the world in the next phase.

The forum agenda features the opening remarks by ICESCO Director-General Dr. Salim Mohammed AlMalik, and the address by Director of ICESCO Center of Arabic Language for Non-Arabic Speakers Dr. Abdullah Al Obeid. Afterward, the floor will be given to President of the International Agency for Natural Language Processing Dr. Mohamed El Hannach; and Executive Director of the Center for Arabic Study Abroad Dr. Khaled Hussein Abuamsha.

The four sessions of the forum will then respectively examine “Regional and international action in the field of teaching Arabic to non-Arabic speakers: challenges and opportunities”; “Leadership roles of university institutions in national capacity-building”; “Capitalizing on the telecom and digital revolution to serve Arabic language dissemination”; and “Prospects of teaching and spreading Arabic around the globe.”

In addition to ICESCO’s representatives, the forum will bring together a host of senior officials in charge of the regional and international specialized institutions and centers, including Secretary General of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Center for the Arabic Language Dr. Mahmoud Ismail Saleh; Secretary-General of the International Arabic Language Council Dr. Ali Moussa; and Director of Arabic Language Education Center for the Gulf Countries Dr. Issa Saleh Al Hammadi.

The participants also include Arabic Language Programs Coordinator at the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Faisal Al-Juhani, in addition to a host of officials in charge of faculties, university departments, educational and cultural centers in Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Uzbekistan, Mali, Benin, China, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, France, Britain, Serbia, the United States, India, Vietnam, and Brazil.

The forum seeks mainly to develop a shared vision for regional and international institutions and specialized university, educational and cultural institutions regarding future action priorities in this field. It aims to enable these institutions and education specialists to develop strategic options to keep pace with the runaway changes, draw on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and harness its digital innovations to promote the teaching and learning of the Arabic language and ensure its international empowerment.


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