KUPU SB project to strengthen use of Arabic language

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College (KUPU SB) yesterday held a ceremony to launch its ‘Arabic language project for South East Asian countries’, as well as several language clubs under its language centre.

In his speech, Dr Hj Hambali Hj Jaili, director of the KUPU SB Language Centre, said the Arabic language project is a long term project which will be carried out by the centre.

He added that the Language Centre will work together with several parties from the ASEAN region with the goal of making the Arabic language a language of communication used by the ASEAN community for matters that are related to Islamic religious affairs, within a space of 14 years

In a press release, KUPU SB stated among the aims of the project are also to provide effective Arabic language teaching services to the Islamic community in ASEAN in particular students which will allow them to at least understand what is being read during prayers and common religious practices as well as parts of the Quran and Hadith.

The statement went on to say that by joining the project, KUPU SB’s language centre also aims to become one of the main learning hubs for the Arabic language in the region.

According to Dr Hj Hambali, the project will also take 14 years and be divided into two phases.

“The first phase will provide an opportunity to members of the ASEAN community in particular students, to learn the Arabic language together and establish an Arabic language learning community among themselves,” he said.

At present, he said, there have been many parties who have agreed to work together to carry out the project, including from neighbouring countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Myannmar.

Dr Hambali also said that a roadshow will be held next month to promote the project and will involve Higher learning institutions, the Islamic Studies Department (JPI), embassies from Arab countries in the country and other parties that might be interested in making the project a success.

Meanwhile, the three language clubs being launched yesterday were the Malay language club, the Arabic language club and the English language club. According to Dr Hambali, these too have been well received by students of KUPU SB.

These clubs, he added will be used as a platform to improve language ability through various projects and activities which will be carried out in the near future.

The Brunei Times