- Smart learning initiative hosts workshops for children throughout 11-day literature event
Children attending this year’s Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF 2017) were encouraged to embrace the Arabic language at a series of workshops held by Lughati. The Sharjah-based initiative dedicated to supporting Arabic learning the smart way conducted 10 workshop sessions throughout the event, which concluded its 11-day run at Expo Centre Sharjah on Saturday.
Lughati’s workshops were divided between the initiative’s stand and the Ministry of Education exhibition, with children being guided through interactive and fun sessions to improve their Arabic skills. The programme had the wider aim of fostering a love for Arabic in the children and to encourage them to engage with it in an age characterised by the proliferation of digital technology.
At the stand, the children took part in interactive storytelling sessions, where teachers read out a number of tales and the youngsters acted out their scenes and recreated their characters. Lughati also organised art and crafts activities that were related to the stories and characters they were engaging with.
One such story was “I am Emirati,” which saw children reading the story in groups with the teachers and then creating UAE flags and colourful scenes that represented the culture and environment of the country.
In addition to the workshop sessions, smart tablets used by Lughati to support Arabic language education in schools were available throughout the duration of the festival for students and children to use and learn from during their visit to the initiative’s stands. The tablets included a range of educational activities, games, and quizzes for children to help them improve their Arabic language skills in an entertaining and involving manner.
The campaign to support Arabic language education in Sharjah’s schools using new technology was launched in 2013 by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. It was one of a number of initiatives that aimed to develop the educational sector in the emirate and to preserve and endear the Arabic language to students by incorporating modern methods into the learning process. Taking on a new identity, the initiative was rebranded Lughati and approved by His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah in January 2016.
The Lughati smart learning initiative is designed to build a knowledge-based society and advance education in the emirate by encouraging students to apply Arabic in attaining cultural, social and economic knowledge, thereby boosting their personal capabilities and enhancing the everyday use of the Arabic language.