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Sharjah: A total of 30 public schools will compete in the third edition of the Lughati (My Language) Cup competition at this year’s Sharjah International Book Fair, it was announced.

Lughati, the Sharjah-based initiative that seeks to support the ‘smart’ way of learning Arabic across Sharjah Government schools, will hold the competition from October 31 to November 10 at Expo Centre Sharjah.

The Lughati Cup Competition, launched in 2016, is a contest specially designed for primary school students in Sharjah to test their Arabic language skills. It aims to encourage children to practise Arabic in various aspects of their daily life as well as imbibe the Arabic culture.

This year’s edition is designed for grade three pupils in Sharjah’s government primary schools.

Out of the 30 schools participating in the contest, 15 schools are from the eastern region of Sharjah, 11 schools from Sharjah City, and four schools from the central region of the emirate.

Teams will compete throughout several stages. The two candidates with the highest aggregate points will be shortlisted to compete in the final.

“The Lughati Cup competition is a unique platform that brings together students who are eager to explore the beauty of our Arabic language,” Badriya Al Ali, manager of Lughati.

“The contest is in line with the goals of the fourth phase of Lughati initiative, which we launched last week, targeting third grade students. We are pleased with the success of the competition. Thirty schools will be competing to win the cup and showcase their students’ Arabic language skills. We are proud of our Arabic language which defines our national identity.”

The judging panel comprises educational professionals, academics and Arabic language experts. The panel will take into account factors such as personality, fluency, efficiency, pronunciation, understanding and proper expression, through a series of questions that will test the teams’ Arabic language and intellectual skills acquired in first and second grades.