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“Saving Arabic” Panel Confronts Future Challenges of Arabic

"Saving Arabic" Panel Confronts Challenges of Arabic Language Future.
The panel speakers included: former permanent representative of the kingdom to UNESCO, Ziyad Al-Dress, and the director general of Riyadh Schools, Abdulrahman Al-Ghofaili. (AN Photo/Huda Bashatah

In the heart of Riyadh, a dynamic panel of educators, and cultural experts gathered at Misk Global Forum to address: the future of the Arabic language. The panel, titled “Saving Arabic,” aimed to confront the challenges and devise strategies to preserve and promote Arabic.

The Panel’s Composition and Mission

Accordingly, the Saving Arabic panel brought together a diverse group of experts, each contributing unique insights into the state of the Arabic language.

Their backgrounds ranged from academic linguistics, cultural studies, and education. The primary mission was to find practical and innovative solutions to revitalize Arabic language for future generations.

In addition, one of the first tasks of the panel was to identify the key challenges facing the Arabic language. These included the increasing dominance of English in the digital realm.

It also include the varied and often fragmented dialects of Arabic complicating standardization. Besides, there is a need for modern educational tools to engage younger generations.

Technological Advancements and Language Preservation

Embracing Digital Platforms

In an age where digital platforms dominate, the panel recognized the need to make Arabic more prominent online.

Strategies discussed included the development of Arabic-friendly software apps, that could encourage learning and daily use of the language.

Additionally, social media was identified as a crucial battleground for the Arabic language. The panel proposed initiatives to promote Arabic content on social media, thereby making Arabic more attractive, especially to younger users.

Educational Reforms and Cultural Initiatives

The education sector was seen as pivotal in saving Arabic. The also panel suggested comprehensive reforms in how Arabic is taught, advocating for more interactive and engaging methods, as well as the integration of cultural elements to make learning more appealing.

Moreover, the panel emphasized the importance of Arabic literature and arts in promoting the language. Encouraging the publication of Arabic books, supporting local artists, and organizing cultural events were among the recommended actions.

A Call to Action

The “Saving Arabic” panel in Riyadh was more than just a meeting of minds; it was a call to action for all who value the Arabic language.

Through a combination of technological innovation and educational reform, there is a hopeful path forward for Arabic. The panel’s recommendations also mark a significant step in ensuring this rich language continues to thrive in the modern world.

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