‘Lughati’ shortlisted for London Book Fair’s Excellence Awards

SHARJAH, 12th March, 2018 (WAM) — ‘Lughati’, the Sharjah-based initiative dedicated to supporting Arabic learning the smart way, has been shortlisted for the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2018 in the ‘Educational Initiatives Award’ category.

While this edition has a record number of shortlisted candidates, with 27 countries from six continents represented, Lughati is the only one from the entire Arab region. The other candidates in the category are Canada’s ‘Agents of Discovery’ and Australia’s ‘Quirky Kid’ initiatives.

The awards, which are held in partnership with the UK Publishers Association and sponsored by Hytex, celebrate excellence in seventeen categories, including international publishing, bookselling, academic and scholarly publishing, children’s publishing, literary translation and digital innovation. The winners will be announced on the sidelines of the event, which takes place from 10th-12th April in Olympia, London.

Badria Al Ali, Manager of Lughati, said, “Lughati has always tried to not only maintain but pioneer reading technology in the classroom, stemming from the vision of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, that the Arabic language is a crucial contemporary component for scientific and social progress of our nation and society. By supporting the learning of Arabic in a smart environment, we have fostered in students a real love of their mother language in schools across the emirate of Sharjah.”

“Through a sustained campaign of cooperation and collaboration with some of the most advanced digital education organisations, we have both adopted and adapted the most modern tools and techniques to suit the local population in the UAE, and tailored the technology to meet the special characteristics of the language, make it appealing to students and educators alike. We are delighted to be shortlisted for the award and hope to provide even greater insights into the future of smart Arabic learning,” she added.

Supporting Arabic language education in public schools in Sharjah via the use of state-of-the-art technology was officially announced in 2013 by H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed. The initiative was approved by His Highness in January 2016 under its new title ‘Lughati’ to develop education in the emirate, preserve the Arabic language and endear Arabic studies to children by incorporating modern learning and teaching methods.

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