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International Arabic Language Day: The Return of Standard Arabic to Education in Djibouti (Report)

Djibouti (INA) - The Arabic language education sector in Djibouti has witnessed a wide spread thanks to the increase and expansion of Arab private schools in the last ten years, accompanied by increasing government interest in Arabic education and the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training taking over supervision of the high school certificate examinations for these educational institutions. According to the Association of Arab Private Schools, the Arabic language today is witnessing a remarkable development and a qualitative shift after more than a decade of neglect, during which French education remained at the forefront without competition. Recent estimates by the Arab Private Schools Association indicate that the number of registered schools reaches seventy private schools with a student population of approximately 7000 male and female students. The head of the Association of Arab Private Schools in Djibouti, Ahmed Nour Ali, told the International Islamic News Agency (INA) that these schools, despite their modest capabilities compared to French education, contributed to spreading Islamic culture, enhancing the presence of the Arabic language, as well as deepening the Arab affiliation of Djiboutians. Ali denied the existence of a cultural conflict between the Arabic and French languages, explaining that the Arabic language has proven its presence in the national arena despite the obstacles it faces, noting at the same time that there is an urgent need for the Arabic-speaking educational corps to further advance the reality of Arab education. The most prominent of these obstacles, according to those in charge of Arab education in the country, are the absence of sufficient administrative cadres to undertake the task of managing Arab educational institutions and the lack of professors of scientific subjects (most of whom are Yemeni), which negatively affects the progress of these schools. It is noteworthy that some graduates of Arab private schools, in addition to the Islamic Institute and the Yemeni School in Djibouti, who received higher education in Arab universities in Sudan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, today occupy high government positions. In addition to this, the new policy pursued by President Ismail Omar Guelleh, which raised the status of The Arabic language and people of Arab culture in general. (End) Muhammad Abdullah

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