Child Safety Department Brings Awareness Stories to Children Via ‘Lughati’ Smart App

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  • Educational materials will be disseminated via Lughati’s smart application, Horouf

The Lughati initiative, which has been supporting school-aged children to learn Arabic the smart way, has signed an agreement with Sharjah’s Child Safety Department – a subsidiary of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs (SCFA) – to bring more awareness to Sharjah’s public-school pupils about their safety and well-being.

Through this new partnership, both initiatives will marry their expertise in children’s development to bring the important topic of child safety awareness to young learners in fun-filled and attractive ways, via digital technologies at Lughati’s dispersal.

In doing so, six published stories created by the Child Safety Department will be transformed into eBooks and displayed on the Horouf smart application. The Horouf smart application developed by Horouf Educational Publishing, specialises in creating contemporary and innovative educational tools for children in Arabic. It is a subsidiary of Kalimat Publishing Group.

Among the six selections, three stories were released in Arabic and Braille at the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) 2018. The Department will release three more at the 11th edition of SCRF this April. They are My Grandmother the Tree, author Sabah Debei, Tam Tam the Duck, author Sahar Naja, Little Jerboa, author Reem Al Garg, A Walk in the Market, author Sabah Debei, Masaoud the Hero, author Sahar Naja, and Morning Race, author Reem Al Garg

The agreement was signed by Badria Al AliManager of the Lughati Initiative; and Hanadi Saleh Al Yafei, Director of the Child Safety Department.

Badria Al Ali said: “Our agreement with the Child Safety Department is unique because it has been established to fulfill key objectives; heightening children’s awareness about their own safety and wellbeing, developing a reading habit, and improving their Arabic language skills through smart learning on the Horouf application. Based on our experience with children, we can assert that modern technology and smart apps are very effective tools to engage a young audience.”

Hanadi Saleh Al Yafei added: “Converting our publications to digital reads for Lughati reinforces the importance we place in forging collaborations with like-minded organisations in order to realise common goals more effectively, using innovation. This important agreement forms part of our relentless efforts to reach out to maximum number of children in Sharjah and the UAE. Sharing our educational content on Lughati’s smart application is indeed a novel way of taking our awareness message to children in a fun, entertaining way.”

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