Al­berta to of­fer Ara­bic bilin­gual pro­gram across prov­ince next fall

Fort McMurray Today - - NATIONAL NEWS - The Cana­dian Press

ED­MON­TON — The Al­berta gov­ern­ment will be of­fer­ing an Ara­bic lan­guage cur­ricu­lum across the prov­ince next year.

Al­berta Ed­u­ca­tion is work­ing to de­velop the bilin­gual pro­gram with Ed­mon­ton Pub­lic Schools, one of a few dis­tricts in the prov­ince that pro­vides the op­tion.

The Ed­mon­ton pub­lic board says Ara­bic is its fastest grow­ing lan­guage pro­gram.

The prov­ince con­tracted the board last year to help de­velop a mod­i­fied ver­sion.

The pro­gram, for stu­dents in kin­der­garten through Grade 12, will be avail­able start­ing in Septem­ber.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter David Eggen says the gov­ern­ment rec­og­nizes the eco­nomic and aca­demic ben­e­fits of pro­fi­ciency in more than one lan­guage.

“We are thrilled to be mov­ing for­ward in our com­mit­ment to de­velop the provin­cial Ara­bic lan­guage arts K-12 cur­ricu­lum by Septem­ber 2018. We know this new cur­ricu­lum will make life bet­ter for so many stu­dents in Al­berta,” he said in a re­lease.

The pres­i­dent of the Cana­dian Arab Friend­ship As­so­ci­a­tion, Yazan Hay­mour, says his or­ga­ni­za­tion ap­pre­ci­ates Al­berta’s ef­fort to pro­mote Ara­bic ed­u­ca­tion.

“This move for­ward will help to en­rich the linguistic and cul­tural di­ver­sity of stu­dents and al­low for bet­ter achieve­ment on the so­cial, aca­demic and cul­tural level.”

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