His Excellency Prof. Abdullah bin Omar Bafail, the President of Umm Al-Qura University, received the report of the scientific and training courses today that were held by the Institute of Arabic Language for Non-Native Speakers during the summer of 1440 A.H. for 39 Arabic instructors from Indonesia and Senegal. The president received the report from the institute's dean, Dr. Hassan Bukhari, in the presence of the institute's vice deans and the training program's supervisors, at his office in Al-Abdiyyah.
Dr. Hassan Bukhari clarified that the program was implemented according the approval of His Majesty the Saudi King to hold training courses for 39 trainees from the countries of Indonesia and Senegal. He pointed out that the aim of implementing this program was to serve the Arabic language and pay attention to its instructors, providing them with many scientific skills that enable them to perform their educational mission in their countries, and also to enhance the sound approach of the Islamic culture.
Dr. Bukhari said that the trainees spent about 90 training hours during the training program, covering 13 packages during which they were trained on the skills of teaching conversation, listening, reading, writing, linguistic phrases and vocabulary, as well as building and developing the curricula for teaching the Arabic language, using technology for teaching languages, and language exams. This was in addition to the packages of Qur'an exegesis (tafsir) and Qur'an sciences, Hadith and its sciences, contemporary intellectual and jurisprudential doctrines, the special features of the Islamic Shari`ah, and skills in dealing with others.
The cultural program associated with the courses included a visit to Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, cultural and recreational trips to Al-Shafa and Jeddah, field tours of the holy sites in Makkah and its historical landmarks, and visits to the Two Holy Mosques and their field management. Moreover, the cultural program included meetings with public figures and visits to official bodies, such as meetings with Their Eminences the imams and Mu’azzins (callers to Prayer) of the Holy Mosque in Makkah, and visits to the Kiswa Factory of the Holy Ka`bah, Zamzam Water Packing Factory, the Al-Haramain Train station, and a number of associations, institutions, and projects. These visits were made in order to let the teachers learn about an aspect of the civilizational advancement of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the strenuous efforts it exerts to take care of the Two Holy Mosques and to serve their visitors.
His Excellency Prof. Abdullah Bafail praised the support given by the wise leadership, may Allah safeguard them, in hosting the scholarship students and teaching them the principles of the Arabic language and the Islamic Shari`ah sciences in order for them to be ambassadors of the language of the Holy Qur'an in their countries. Moreover, he highlighted the support and attention given by His Excellency the Minister of Education, Dr. Hamad Al Al-Sheikh, in implementing this program, praising the efforts of the institute's dean, vice deans and all the employees working on the implementation of this program for it to be presented in a manner that befits the educational standing of UQU.