Yesterday was Arabic Language Day, and people around the world celebrated this beautiful language.
Last year we put together a little video to celebrate the Arabic language and to remind people that the Islamic University of Gaza has a range of Arabic language courses for all levels that can be taught online by trained teachers (and wonderful human beings) based at IUG’s Arabic Center. The courses available include the Online Arabic from Palestine course, which we designed specifically for beginner learners who want to learn Arabic with a Palestinian flavour.
Below is our Arabic language day video again for you to enjoy
A while ago we were writing about our friend and colleague Nazmi, and his awful non-trip out of Gaza. Since then he tried several times to leave the Strip, but the double-whammy of erratic visa regulations and of exit permits meant that the right paperwork-time combination that would allow him to travel did not happen. Each time Nazmi invested lots of energy, time and money only to be disappointed and frustrated, over and over again. Months and months have passed, and he had to give up several opportunities to meet his colleagues in person to discuss the many international projects he’s engaged in, to take up invitation to talk about his work at conferences and to do all the other things people in academia take for granted. He had to make do with online meetings, with webinars and telecollaborations. But Nazmi is not a person to give up very easily and, at the 7th attempt, he made it!!
So here he is, finally with us in person, delighting us with his energy and the sheer happiness that comes from being able to move freely, to catch a train or a plane without being questioned or harassed, to meet us and his many other colleagues and collaborators in the UK, Norway, Finland, Germany. We all smile with him, because miracles happen.
Our project may (for now) be finished, but our work never is. The teams at the University of Glasgow and the Islamic University of Gaza never tire to talk about the Online Arabic from Palestine course to anyone who will hear us. Recently we have talked about the course and our collaboration at a workshop for Refugee Festival Scotland:
In Glasgow, for Refugee Festival, we learnt to count up to six in Arabic and to dance the Dabke. In Perth, we learnt words for primary colours and made more origami birds. During both workshops we learnt to greet each other, introduce ourselves and say where we’re from. Everywhere people are happy to hear about our project and willing to take part in all the creative activities we have in store for them.
Thanks to all the participants, of all ages, that have been with us during the many workshops we’ve held so far. You’re real stars! ⭐