Wed 30-11-2022 15:36 PM
ABU DHABI, 30th November, 2022 (WAM) — The Kalima Project, an initiative of the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre (ALC), part of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), has organised a cultural session titled “Kalima for Children”.
The event, held at the Children’s Library in the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation, aimed to spark children’s imagination to help them develop positive long-lasting reading habits.
The agenda included a storytelling session featuring two titles translated from German: “Sola the Calf” and “My Mother, the Superhero”.
Saeed Hamdan Al Tunaiji, Acting Executive Director of the ALC, said, “The Kalima for Children event reflects our commitment at the ALC to creating a well-read, educated and knowledgeable younger generation. We aim to develop children’s skills in innovative ways that help connect them with books, while encouraging them to read and empowering them to make a positive contribution to their country’s advancement.
“The event also reflects the Kalima Project’s commitment to enriching literary content in Arabic. This offers a platform to empower the Arabic language as a symbol of national identity and a language of creativity and culture, and creates opportunities for Arab children to access major international publications, which helps them grow into a generation comfortable in interacting with world cultures, while preserving their own identity and culture.”
The Kalima Project is an ambitious initiative by ALC, launched by President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in 2007 to revive the translation movement in the Arab world and support cultural activities taking place in Abu Dhabi.
The project serves to advance the emirate’s role on the regional and international cultural scenes, setting the stage for a widespread Arab scientific and cultural renaissance built around books. It also facilitates the organisation of various events and activities related to translation.
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