31 May 2022
On Saturday, 28 May 2022, an important cultural-humanitarian and educational-scientific event entitled, “Arabic Language Day with Ambassadors” was hosted at the Al Ghazali College Community Hall in Erasmia, Tshwane, South Africa. It was jointly arranged by the International Knowledge Foundation-South Africa, Embassy of Kazakhstan in South Africa and AWQAF SA (a charitable endowment (waqf) receiving organization) in conjunction with Al Ghazali College and Masjid Abu Bakr Siddique.
Opening speeches were made by H.E. Kanat Tumysh, Ambassador of Kazakhstan and H.E. Ambassador Mubarak Al-Zakwani, Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman, Dean of the Group (Council) of Arab Ambassadors. Head of Missions, representatives of the Arabic-speaking and Muslim countries, members of the diplomatic corps and South African Community attended the “Arabic Language Day with Ambassadors” event.
On the margins of the event, Kazakh Ambassador held meetings with Honourable Mr. Ismail A. Kalla, the famous South African Businessman, Vice President of the Islamic Council of South Africa, CEO of the AMKA Group, as well as leadership of International Knowledge Foundation-South Africa, AWQAF SA, Al Ghazali College and Masjid Abu Bakr Siddique.
Embracing Cultural diplomacy, a type of public diplomacy and soft power that includes the exchange of ideas, information, art, language and other aspects of culture among nations and their peoples in order to foster mutual understanding.
Arabic is the language of the Holy Qur’an and the fifth most-spoken language in the world. Modern Standard Arabic is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. 1.8 billion Muslims hear Classical Arabic as a liturgical language every day.
At the event it was agreed to hold this summer an Arabic language essay competition for the South African Students.
The awards to them will be presented this autumn.
Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Republic of South Africa