Training Courses in Arabic Prosody and Arabic Language Skills
Objectives of Teaching the Arabic Prosody:
1- Refining the creative talents of young individuals and enabling them to understand the finest forms of our beautiful language.
2- Simplifying the study of "Arabic Prosody" for all enthusiasts of authentic Arabic poetry.
3- Training in the accurate reading of poetic texts and highlighting its impact on the meaning.
4- Cultivating an aware appreciation for poetic texts, revealing their aesthetic value.
5- Training the ears of students to distinguish the different musical patterns and meters of Arabic poetry.
6- Establishing a poetic sensibility in Arab audiences by comprehensively understanding the scientific aspects that determine the structure of poetic meters and rules, and appreciating the unique qualities of Arabic language, literature, and civilization.
Objectives of Poetry Appreciation:
1- Gaining access to the deeper realms of poetry beyond its surface manifestations.
2- Training the sense of taste, perception, and comprehension to observe the finest nuances and hints, capturing hidden vibrations, connecting contradictions, and becoming accustomed to organizing scattered elements to grasp the overall image.
3- Experiencing the pleasure of discovering the secrets of poetry, leading to a passion for poetry and maintaining a continuous connection with it.
4- Sound poetry appreciation is a fundamental prerequisite for outstanding poetic creativity.
5- Developing the ability to appreciate poetry also facilitates the appreciation of various other art forms such as drawing, sculpting, and music.
Objectives of the "Arabic Language Skills" Training Course:
1- Developing linguistic skills among the students.
2- Raising awareness about common spelling and linguistic errors and working to avoid them.
3- Training in the art of writing, taking into consideration the principles of written expression and aesthetics.
4- Understanding texts and highlighting subtle differences between linguistic elements and their impact on meaning.
5- Developing proper pronunciation and avoiding speech impediments.
6- Emphasizing the role of Standard Arabic in communication, Expression, and writing.
Training Courses in Arabic Prosody and Arabic Language Skills
"Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation" added another activity to its programs starting from September 23, 2000. This activity involves organizing free training courses in the fields of Prosody (Arabic metrics), Poetic Appreciation, Art of Oratory, Arabic Language Skills, Radio Presenting, and Journalism, each course lasting for four months. The Foundation has successfully conducted 347 training courses, producing 19,344 graduates as of November 1, 2012, all under the supervision of specialized university professors in these fields.
These courses have been held in several Arab and Islamic cities and capitals, including Kuwait, Alexandria, Cairo, Aswan, Marsa Matrouh, El Arish, Tunis, Ain Draham, Damascus, Hama, Amman, Tripoli of Sham, Khartoum, Omdurman, Port Sudan, Algiers, Constantine, Medea, Rabat, Fez, Sana'a, Occupied Palestine, Tehran, Isfahan, Tabriz, Qom, Comoros Republic, Kazakhstan, Malta, Sicily. The courses were funded by the Foundation's Chairman and in collaboration with universities, poetry houses, and literary forums in those cities and capitals. Furthermore, Mr. Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain, the Foundation's Chairman, has approved the organization of 36 new training courses in Chad, Somalia, Eritrea, Occupied Palestine, India, France, Niger, and Egypt.
In addition, Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation's activities expanded to Europe, reaching France through the organization of training courses and seminars in collaboration with the University of Nice and the University of Rennes.
The Foundation’s Activities in Arabizing the Comoros Republic
In agreement with the President of the Comoros Republic, the Chairman of the Foundation devised a plan spanning 15 years to Arabize the Comoros through 15 Arabic language courses conducted simultaneously and continuously. Among these courses, 3 were designated for ministers and judges, while 12 were intended for elementary school teachers. Additionally, the Foundation provided a modern linguistic laboratory capable of accommodating 50 trainees. Kuwaiti engineers were dispatched to install and operate the lab and train the staff managing it.
Furthermore, on January 27, 2009, the Chairman of the Foundation ordered the establishment of the "Kuwait Center for Arab and Islamic Studies" in the capital city of Moroni. The Center's primary objective is to contribute to the Arabization of the Comoros and to serve as a source of Arab-Islamic cultural dissemination. This initiative aimed to strengthen the bonds of cooperation between the Arab World and the Comoros, overcoming the geographical distance that separates them. Dr. Saeed Burhan Abdullah was appointed as the Center's Director.
A permanent headquarters with an area of 40,000 square meters is planned for the Center based on an agreement reached between the Chairman of the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation and the Ministry of National Education of the Comoros.
The activities in the Comoros continued as follows:
1- The opening of 30 training courses for teaching Arabic to non-native speakers starting from Monday, October 3, 2011. The number of enrolled students was 1,282. The opening ceremony was attended by senior government officials, religious leaders, and dignitaries, including the Deputy Minister of Education, the President of the University of the Comoros, and the Dean of Al-Imam Al-Shafi'i College.
2- President of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation had approved for a request from several religious leaders and regional governors in the Comoros to establish 33 new courses for teaching Arabic in eight regions.
3- The number of graduates in the fourth season of the training courses (from February 1 to June 15, 2011) reached 930, completing 23 academic terms, with a success rate of 72.5%.
4- The number of graduates in the fifth season of the training courses (from October 3, 2011, to February 3, 2012) was 617, completing 31 academic terms.
5- The Council of Ministers in the Comoros issued a decision requiring ministers to attend the courses offered by the Foundation for teaching Arabic in the Comoros.
6- The sixth season of the training courses (from February 6 to June 15, 2012) saw 865 students graduating from 37 academic terms.
7- The President of the Board of Trustees approved the start of the seventh season in October 2012, with 37 training courses.
8- A private teacher was appointed by the Foundation to teach Arabic to His Excellency Dr. Ikililou Dhoinine, the President of the Comoros, upon his request.
9- Other activities:
A - Mr. Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain, the Chairman of the Foundation, donated an amount of 25,000 dollars to continue the Arabization of street names in the capital, Moroni, and its suburbs, and to install the remaining Arabic signs on government and private institutions.
B - The procedures for the construction of the Kuwait Center for Arab and Islamic Studies in Moroni are underway. This center has received great appreciation from all Comorian officials, led by the President of the Republic, Dr. Ikililou Dhoinine.
C - The Chairman of the Foundation decided to increase the salaries of trainers and teachers in the Comoros by 33% starting from August 16, 2011.
D - The Chairman of the Foundation decided to bear all expenses for 51 Comorian pilgrims for Hajj in 1433 AH and 11 pilgrims for Hajj in 1434 AH, in addition to covering all expenses for 25 Umrah pilgrims upon the request of the President of the Comorian Parliament.
E - Official participation in the inauguration ceremony of the President of the Islamic Republic of the Comoros, Dr. Ikililou Dhoinine, on May 26, 2011.
F - Mr. Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain, the Chairman of the Foundation, was awarded the First-Class Comorian Green Crescent Order (received at the Dubai Forum) in 2011.
G - The longest street in the Imbini Governorate in the Comoros, located in the northeast of the capital Moroni and spanning 3 kilometers, was named after Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain.
H - The Foundation participated in the International Conference on Arab Islamic Education in the Comoros, organized by the University of the Comoros in cooperation with the World Assembly of Muslim Youth on April 22-23, 2012, at the Comorian Parliament headquarters in Moroni. Dr. Saied Burhan, the Director of the Kuwait Center for Arab and Islamic Studies in the Comoros, delivered a speech on behalf of Mr. Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain, highlighting the activities of the "Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation" in supporting the Arabic language in the Comoros.
The Foundation’s Training Courses in Kuwait
1- The Foundation held the fourth foundational training course for preparing new broadcasters in collaboration with the Ministry of Information - Kuwait Television. The theoretical study started from March 1, 2011, until May 11, 2011, while the practical study began with the opening of the course and continued until July 31, 2011. The number of graduates was 43 broadcasters out of 60 participants in the course, with a success rate of 71.7%.
2- The Chairman of the Foundation approved the request of the Kuwaiti Teachers Association to conduct a training course in collaboration with the Association to enhance the proficiency of Arabic language teachers in all educational stages at the Ministry of Education in Kuwait. The training course started on October 24, 2011, and ended in the second week of January 2012.
3- The Chairman of the Foundation approved the request of the Arab Open University - Kuwait Branch to conduct a training course for teaching Arabic language to non-native speakers. The course started in December 2011 and continued for two months. Albabtain Central Library for Arabic Poetry hosted the course, and its lessons were recorded for broadcast on Albabtain Cultural Channel.
Training Courses in the Arab Maghreb Countries
1- The closing ceremony of the first training course in Arabic language skills, in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts - Moulay Ismail University in Meknes, was held on the evening of November 28, 2011. The number of graduates was 70. The ceremony also marked the opening of the second training course in Arabic language skills, covering Arabic grammar, morphology and rhetoric. Mr. Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain delegated Dr. Abdulrahman Tankoul, the President of ibn Tufail University in Kenitra, to deliver a speech on his behalf.
2- The second training course in Arabic language skills and the first in prosody and poetic appreciation was held in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts at Moulay Ismail University in Meknes from March 17, 2012, to July 10, 2012. The number of graduates was 82.
3- The first training course for teaching the Arabic language skills was held in collaboration with the Sheikh Muhammad Saleh Al-Naifer Center for Civilizational Studies in Tunisia, on September 15, 2012. The number of participants in this course was 60 individuals, including businessmen, lawyers, doctors, and economists.
Training Courses in India
The second training course for teaching Arabic to non-native speakers began in early 2011 and lasted for eleven months in the city of Hyderabad, as part of the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Institute for Arabic Language. The teaching process was conducted by specialized professors in teaching Arabic to non-native speakers. The Institute gained such renown that teachers from neighboring universities attended to benefit from its efficient methods of teaching Arabic in the shortest possible time. The number of graduates reached 40 by the end of December 2011, and the Institute is managed by Professor Syed Jeyhanjeer.
Training Courses in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
The first training course for teaching Arabic to non-native speakers was held in September 2012 for a duration of 4 months in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts at Kabul University under the supervision of the Minister of Higher Education of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
Training Courses in Europe
Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation organized five free training courses for teaching Arabic during the year 2011 in collaboration with several European universities upon their request. The courses were as follows:
1- The second course in collaboration with the Maltese Parliament, which started in January 2011.
2- The first course in collaboration with the University of Nice in France, which started in March 2011.
3- The third course in collaboration with the University of Agrigento in Italy (Sicily), which started in June 2011.
4- The first course in collaboration with the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom, which started in December 2011.
5- The second course in collaboration with the University of Nice in France, which started in December 2011.
Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation has organized a total of 462 free training courses.
The total number of graduates from these courses is 27,302 graduates.
These courses have been conducted in the following countries:
2- Egypt (Alexandria)
3- Egypt (Al-Arish)
4- Egypt (Marsa Matrouh)
5- Egypt (Cairo)
6- Egypt (Aswan)
7- Egypt (Suez University)
9- Occupied Palestine
23- European countries