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Ten Sharjah Kindergartens Contest for Lughati Play Award 2019

Lughati, the Sharjah-based initiative dedicated to supporting Arabic learning the smart way, has announced that 10 kindergartens are participating in the fourth edition of Lughati Play Award (LPA). It’s an Arabic language contest designed to unleash the creativity of pre-schoolers and enrich their language abilities.

Through the award, LPA aims to strengthen children’s Arabic linguistic skills and encourage the use of their mother tongue in everyday discourse. The award also nurtures creative talents and increases their self- confidence as stage performers.

The participating kindergartens in this edition includes Al Khan, Al Thameed, Al Ruwaida, Al Yasmeen, Khorfakkan, Al Qarayen, Al Amsa, Al Hoor, Al Murooj and Al Badayer. Badria Al Ali, Manager of Lughati, commented: “At Lughati, we seek to develop children’s language skills and capabilities through many methods, techniques and tools. We encourage not only modern technologies but emphasise on theatre in education, to achieve our objectives. Theatre is one of the most instrumental platforms for children to develop their linguistic abilities including rhetoric, eloquence and fluency. Building on the success of previous editions, we are delighted to launch the fourth edition of the award which comprises of 10 nurseries.”

The participating kindergartens will be rehearsing from 24th to 27th February, while competitions will run between the 3rd and 5th March at Sajaya Young Ladies of Sharjah’s Theatre. Winners will be announced at the closing ceremony on March 7, 2019. This year’s edition of LPA will feature three topics, namely- Days of the Week, Small Seed, Occupations and Relatives.

In line with the preparations of the new edition of the award, Lughati also organised a training workshop at Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) last January. This was conducted by director Hassan Rajab and the workshop hosted 20 teachers from the participating kindergartens. It covered key topics in performing arts for children namely- stage shows, art of diction, fundamentals of screenplay writing and finally the basic concepts and techniques of stage directing.

The jury comprises of three members: Director Hassan Rajab, actor Mohammed Saeed Al Salty and playwright Ahmad Al Majed. The panel has created specific standards and criteria to select winners. Those include the attractiveness of the play, portrayal of the selected topic, innovative direction, creative costumes and stage set design. The yardstick also includes innovation, good diction and stage presence.

The Lughati Play Award prizes will give away AED 10,000 for the first winner, AED 7,000 and AED 5,000 respectively for the second and third place. All participating Kindergartens will receive an outstanding group award of AED 2,000 and an incentive prize of AED 2,000 each will be awarded for best decoration and best costume.

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