QFI joins in UNESCO celebration of the first World Arabic Language Day

Posted on 2012-12-18

 

"تعلم اللغة العربية لها فوائد كثيرة, كما هو يوضح خلال مراقبة الطلاب الأمريكيين الذين درسوها على مَدارِ عقود السنين. فهي تجربة تفتح الأبواب لعجائب اللغة والثقافة العربية, و هي ثقافة جلّ ما ساهمت في تشكيل ثقافتنا الخاصة." كيرك بيلناب، مدير مركز الشرق الأوسط للموارد اللغويّة.

يسعد مؤسسة قطر الدولية أن تحتفل باليوم العالمي السنوي الأول للغة العربية التي أسستها اليونسكو. فنحن فخورون بأن نشارك هدف تعزيز التعليم و نشر اللغة العربية مع أصحابنا في اليونسكو.

"كمؤسسة مقرها الولايات المتحدة و كعضو في مؤسسة قطر, نحن ملتزمين بتحقيق رؤية صاحبة السمو الشيخة موزة بنت ناصر, لزيادة فرص تعلم اللغة العربية في القارة الأمريكية." تصارح ماجي ميتشل سالم,المدير التنفيذي في مؤسسة قطر الدوليّة.

من خلال دعم صاحبة السمو الشيخة موزة بنت ناصر, مؤسسة قطر الدولية توفر منح والمساعدات لدعم فصول اللغة العربية, و لتوفير لمعلمينها فرص تدريبية, و لتطوير الموارد الرقمية للمدارس الحكومية, من الروضة إلى الثنوية, في حوالي 20 ولاية أمريكية, و في واشنطن العاصمة , وكذلك في كندا, و البرازيل, و في الأرجنتين

 و تقول كارين الاف, مديرة برامج اللغة والثقافة العربية, "المعلمين لهم دوراً هاماً في تنمية حب اللغة و رغبة الطالب لتعلم اللغة العربية." و تضيف "أحد من اهدافنا في مؤسسة قطر الدولية هو تدريب و تطوير معلمين اللغة العربية  ليمتلكون المؤهلات العالية خلال توفير فرص التمنية المهنية و فرص تدريب أخرى."

لمعرفة المزيد عن المنح و برامجنا, الرجاء زيارة موقعنا www.qfi.org

 

Learning Arabic yields significant benefits, as is clear from decades of observing thousands of American students studying it. This experience can open the door to the wonders of language and culture, a culture that has profoundly contributed to the formation of our own.

                -Kirk Belnap, Director of National Middle East Language Resource Center and Professor of Arabic at Brigham Young University


Qatar Foundation International (QFI) is excited to celebrate UNESCO's first annual World Arabic Language Day. Promoting education and understanding of Arabic is a common goal we are proud to share with our friends at UNESCO.

"As a U.S.-based member of Qatar Foundation, we are committed to achieving Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser’s vision of increasing access to Arabic language education in the Americas, " notes Maggie Mitchell Salem, Executive Director of QFI.

With support from Her Highness, QFI has provided grants to support Arabic language classrooms, teacher training opportunities, and developing online resources for K to 12 public schools in 20 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Brazil and Argentina.

"Teachers play a crucial role in cultivating students' love of learning and passion for Arabic," says Carine Allaf, Program Manager of Arabic Language and Culture, "one of our goals at QFI is to develop highly-qualified Arabic teachers by providing professional development and other opportunities".

For more information about our grants and programs, please visit our website at www.qfi.org.


 

Message de Mme Irina Bokova, Directrice générale de l’UNESCO, à l’occasion de la première édition de la Journée mondiale de la langue arabe, 18 décembre 2012

Les langues participent à la beauté du monde car chacune d’elle enrichit ce qu’elle nomme. Nos langues ne sont pas uniquement des outils de communication, elles sont porteuses de valeurs, d’identités. La diversité linguistique est un élargissement de l’esprit, et le moyen de construire un dialogue des cultures et des religions fondé sur la compréhension mutuelle authentique.

La journée mondiale de la langue arabe est l'occasion de célébrer la langue de 22 états membres de l'UNESCO, parlée par 422 millions de personnes dans le monde arabe et utilisée par plus d'1 milliard et demi de musulmans.

Célébrer la langue arabe, c’est également souligner l’immense contribution de ses écrivains, scientifiques et artistes à la culture universelle. Ce sont les auteurs de langue arabe qui ont permis la transmission des savoirs grecs vers le latin de l’occident médiéval, tissant à jamais des liens indissolubles entre les cultures à travers le temps. Les œuvres d’Averroes, d’Ibn Khaldun ou de Naguib Mahfouz sont parmi les plus profondes de l’esprit humain et c’est bien en arabe qu’elles délivrent toute leur puissance. Cet amour et cette fascination pour la langue, qui s’exprime par exemple dans la calligraphie et la poésie, si chères à la culture arabe, forment le creuset d’où naissent les plus grandes civilisations.

Face aux mutations qui bousculent le monde, et devant l’émergence de sociétés plurielles, chaque langue est une clé pour mieux vivre ensemble, tisser des liens de solidarité, aider chacun à se faire entendre. Le multilinguisme est une force de rapprochement des peuples et des cultures. Plus les cultures se rapprochent, plus les individus et notamment les jeunes, ont intérêt à maîtriser plusieurs langues, à connaître les œuvres et les valeurs qu’elles véhiculent, pour élargir les horizons du dialogue et de la coopération. Tel est l’esprit de la Déclaration universelle de l’UNESCO sur la diversité culturelle, et des programmes déployés au titre des Conventions de 2003 pour la sauvegarde patrimoine culturel immatériel et de 2005 sur la protection et la promotion de la diversité des expressions culturelles.

Le 18 décembre 1973, l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies faisait de l’arabe une de ses langues officielles et de travail. Près de 40 ans plus tard, nous célébrons ce pouvoir de la langue arabe à nous rassembler autour de valeurs partagées, à donner de la force à nos idées et de l’amplitude à nos ambitions, au service de la paix et du développement durable.
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Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the first World Arabic Language Day, 18 December 2012
Languages contribute to the beauty of the world because each one enriches that which it names. Our languages are not only tools of communication, they carry values and identities. Linguistic diversity broadens the mind and provides the means to build intercultural and interreligious dialogue based on genuine mutual understanding

World Arabic Language Day is an opportunity for us to celebrate the language of 22 Member States of UNESCO, a language with more than 422 million speakers in the Arab world and used by more than 1.5 billion Muslims.

By celebrating the Arabic language, we are also acknowledging the tremendous contribution of its writers, scientists and artists to universal culture. These are the Arabic language authors who enabled the transmission of Greek knowledge to the Latin of medieval Europe, weaving indissoluble ties between cultures through time. The works of Averroës, Ibn Khaldun and Naguib Mahfouz are among the most profound of the human spirit and it is in Arabic that they deliver their full power. This love and fascination for the language – expressed for example in calligraphy and poetry, so dear to the Arab culture – is a crucible from which the greatest cultures have emerged.

In the face of transformations that are challenging the world and the emergence of plural societies, every language provides a key to living together better, to building solidarity and to helping each other to be heard. Multilingualism is a force for the rapprochement of peoples and cultures. The more cultures come together, the more it is in the interest of individuals – especially young people – to master several languages and learn about the works and values that they convey, in order to broaden the horizons for dialogue and cooperation. This is the spirit of the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and the programmes carried out under the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

On 18 December 1973, the United Nations General Assembly included Arabic among its official and working languages. Nearly 40 years later, we are celebrating the power of the Arabic language to bring us together around shared values, to give strength to our ideas and depth to our ambitions, for peace and sustainable development.
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Mensaje de la Sra. Irina Bokova, Directora General de la UNESCO, con motivo de la primera edición
del Día Mundial de la Lengua Árabe, 18 de diciembre de 2012

Las lenguas participan de la belleza del mundo, ya que cada una de ellas enriquece lo que denomina. No son sólo herramientas de comunicación sino también portadoras de valores y de identidades. La diversidad lingüística da amplitud al espíritu y permite construir entre las culturas y las religiones un diálogo fundado en un auténtico entendimiento mutuo.

El Día Mundial de la Lengua Árabe es la oportunidad de celebrar el idioma de 22 Estados Miembros de la UNESCO, hablado por 422 millones de personas en el mundo árabe y utilizado por más de 1.500 millones de musulmanes.

Celebrar la lengua árabe es destacar igualmente la enorme contribución de sus escritores, científicos y artistas a la cultura universal. Fueron autores de lengua árabe quienes hicieron posible que el saber griego se vertiera al latín del occidente medieval, tejiendo para siempre lazos indisolubles entre las culturas a través del tiempo. Las obras de Averroes, Ibn Jaldún o Naguib Mahfuz se cuentan entre las más profundas del espíritu humano y es en árabe como transmiten toda su fuerza. Ese amor y esa fascinación por el idioma, expresados por ejemplo en la caligrafía y la poesía, tan caras a la cultura árabe, son el crisol en el que se forjan las más grandes civilizaciones.

Ante los cambios que sacuden el mundo y el surgimiento de sociedades plurales, cada lengua es una clave para convivir mejor, crear relaciones de solidaridad y ayudar a cada persona a hacer oír su voz. El plurilingüismo es una fuerza de acercamiento entre los pueblos y las culturas. Cuanto más se acercan las culturas, más conveniente es que las personas, sobre todo los jóvenes, dominen varios idiomas y conozcan las obras y los valores que estos vehiculan para ampliar los horizontes del diálogo y la cooperación. Tal es el espíritu de la Declaración Universal de la UNESCO sobre la Diversidad Cultural y de los programas que se llevan adelante en el marco de las Convenciones para la Salvaguardia del Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial, de 2003 y sobre la Protección y Promoción de la Diversidad de las Expresiones Culturales, de 2005.

El 18 de diciembre de 1973 la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas decidió que el árabe fuera una de sus lenguas oficiales y de trabajo. Más de 40 años después celebramos esta facultad de la lengua árabe de congregarnos en torno a valores compartidos y dar fuerza a nuestras ideas y amplitud a nuestras ambiciones, al servicio de la paz y del desarrollo sostenible.

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