Sharjah’s Lughati Initiative Completes Phase Three
More than 3100 smart devices were distributed among grade 2 students around Sharjah emirate and grade 3 students with disabilities and learning difficulties in Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services. Sharjah based initiative dedicated to supporting Arabic learning the smart way, Lughati completed its third phase by delivering smart devices to Sharjah schools. Students who received smart devices were selected last year during the launch of phase three, in alignment with the UAE ‘Year of Giving’.
Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah officially announced the initiative to support the education of Arabic language in public schools using state-of-the-art technology in 2013. The initiative was approved by in January 2016 under new title ‘Lughati’. The aim of the initiative is to develop education in the emirate, preserve the Arabic language and insinuate Arabic studies among children by integrating modern methods.
Lughati also supplied 130 dedicated storage units and charging lockers in a total of 54 schools, including training programs for teachers and also field visits. With an estimated budget of AED 15 million for phase three, the phase also marks the halfway point in the project’s six phases, which has already seen 5,060 kindergarten pupils and 232 teachers receive devices in phase one and 2959 first-grade students and 129 teachers in 49 schools take delivery of the smart tablets in phase two. The ultimate aim of the initiative is to distribute tablets to 25,000 students and 1,000 teachers of all grades in all of Sharjah’s public schools.
Badria Al Ali, Manager of the Lughati Initiative said, “The completion of phase three means that more than 11,000 children now have access to smart devices and can benefit from the very latest technology in their education. For that many students to be part of a digital classroom is an exceptional achievement and will provide a world-class learning environment for all those involved. By using the very latest technology in schools, Arabic will stay a leading language relevant to science, the arts and modern technology and in an ever-evolving world of education, this will help our students to stay one step ahead.”
She added, “The budgets allocated to the initiative also ensure that we can continue to provide teacher training and maintain the tablets’ working condition in order to ensure a continuity of Lughati’s goals and successes.”
Each smart tablet is equipped with the ‘Horouf’ smart application developed by Horouf Educational Publishing, which specializes in creating contemporary and innovative educational tools for children in Arabic and is a subsidiary of Kalimat Publishing Group.