Shura Council discusses implementation of law protecting Arabic language

Doha: The Shura Council held its regular weekly session today, chaired by the Chairman of the Shura Council, HE Hassan bin Abdullah Al Ghanem.
At the start of the meeting, the Secretary General of the Shura Council, HE Ahmed bin Nasser Al Fadhala, read out the agenda for the meeting. The minutes of the last meeting were also ratified.

After that, the council discussed the activation of the Arabic Language Protection Law No. 7 of 2019, in the presence of the Minister of State and Chairman of the National Library of Qatar, HE Dr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, and the former Minister of Education. HE Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Turki Al Subaie. The session was also attended by several professors, scholars, citizens and people interested in supporting the Arabic language.

The law states that all governmental and non-governmental agencies are required to protect and support the Arabic language in all of their activities and events. It also stipulates that ministries, other government agencies, educational and public bodies and institutions are required to use the Arabic language in their meetings and discussions, and in all decisions they issue, as well as in regulations, instructions , documents, contracts, correspondence, labels, programs, publications, visual, sound or read advertisements and other transactions, with the aim of preserving the Arabic language and strengthening its role.
In this context, the President underlined the importance of the issue related to Law No. 7 of 2019. He underlined that it concerns various sectors, authorities and state institutions. He also noted that the interaction of the communities with this issue required its presentation and discussion during this session, in addition to welcoming specialists from national competences to express their observations and views on the implementation of the law as well as the most significant hurdles that this issue faces, so that the council can make the appropriate decision in this regard.

For her part, the Vice President of the Shura Council, HE Dr. Hamda bint Hassan Al Sulaiti, said that the discussion of the law came to implement it and strengthen the use of the Arabic language, which is at the heart of the national identity, as well as the culture and heritage of Qatar.

In the same context, several members of the Shura Council welcomed this law, stressing that it represents the national identity of Qatar and that there are no obstacles for all parties concerned in its implementation. They stressed the importance of having monitoring procedures to monitor the implementation of the law, stressing the need to monitor the results of education, and that private educational institutions pay attention to aspects of education. Arabic language teaching. They also underlined the central role of the family in the promotion and protection of the Arabic language. They stressed the importance of concerted efforts between the Shura Council and relevant state authorities.

They noted that the State of Qatar is a pioneer in the enactment of such a law, which aims to protect and promote the Arabic language, stressing the need to pay attention to education and teachers, to strengthen their role and to provide them with the necessary capacities to fulfill their role. fully and overcome all the difficulties they face.

For his part, the president of the National Library of Qatar said that the promotion of the Arabic language helps to protect cultural and national security, which is just as important as political and economic security.

His Excellency pointed out that the process of rebirth and development experienced by the Gulf countries and the State of Qatar in particular, has required the presence of many cultures and languages ​​in society, and that this situation, despite the presence of positive aspects, a Negative aspects should not be overlooked concerning these languages ​​and cultures.

His Excellency stressed the importance of the role of the family and the mother in the education of children and their teaching of the Arabic language, and the importance of simplifying the teaching of the Arabic language according to modern methods.
For his part, the former Minister of Education stressed the importance of today’s discussion, stressing that the designated authorities must intervene in order to ensure the teaching of the Arabic language in a modern way, promote the use of the Arabic language at the primary level, and set strict standards for the choice of their teachers.

At the end of the discussion, the Council referred the matter to the Culture and Information Committee to establish controls and visions to activate the implementation of the aforementioned law.
After that, the Council approved the decision to create a temporary commission to study and analyze the electoral programs submitted by the candidates to the Shura Council during the election period.

The Deputy Chairman of the Shura Council said that these election programs are the mainstays of election campaigns, stressing that many of the ideas mentioned in these programs could be useful. She also noted that there are popular demands reflected in these programs which are important to citizens.

Subsequently, the President of the Council informed the members that Law no. 2 of 2007 on the housing system was referred to the Public Services and Utilities Commission to examine the challenges of its implementation and put in place the appropriate mechanisms to overcome these challenges.