– The Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi (ALC), part of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, has launched its flagship cultural project, “Eloquent Child”, which aims to promote the values and the aesthetics of the Arabic language with new generations, invest in their capacities and innovations, and strengthen their cultural and national identity.
The project is in line with the vision and objectives of the Center to improve the knowledge and culture of the younger generations, in addition to strengthening their link with the Arabic language. Under the supervision of eminent Arab intellectuals, it presents the 28 letters of the Arabic alphabet in the form of songs with video clips that take into account aesthetic values in terms of poetry, melody and performance.
Dr. Ali bin Tamim, President of ALC, said: “The project reflects the Centre’s vision to advance the Arabic language and promote it to younger generations. These goals are in line with the UAE’s ambitious plans and strategies for the education system, which is a national priority and a key contributor to our efforts to build a robust civilization.
“This project is an important and promising step that we are taking, bringing us closer to creating highly educated generations with a strong connection to their Arabic mother tongue – the cornerstone of their national identity,” added bin Tamim. “With this in mind, we sought to empower the younger generation to master their language in an innovative and unconventional way. We strive to create a generation that knows the aesthetics of their language and is able to have a positive impact on their environment and community.
ALC released the first song in the series, starting with ‘Alef’, ‘Baa’, ‘Taa’, ‘Thaa’, Jeem’, Haa’ (the first letters of the Arabic alphabet), with others to follow covering all the letters of the Arabic alphabet.
The songs were written by poets Amal Al-Sahlawi from the United Arab Emirates and Abdul Ghani Tlais from Lebanon, under the musical supervision of veteran Lebanese singer and songwriter Ahmad Kaabour.
Meanwhile, composer Hani Siblini handled the musical arrangement, with singers Ahmad Kaabour, Nadine Hassan, Rasha Al-Rifai and Elie Khayat performing the songs.
As part of its strategy to support literature for children and young adults, the Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi has dedicated a special section to the project on its new website to display an integrated collection of books and stories in these categories, in addition to educational songs specially designed for them. The innovative style and design of ALC’s website appeals to visitors in Arabic and English and aims to ensure seamless navigation and a smooth transition between different sections and content, which cover a wide variety of topics.