Etkallem Arabi initiative inspires young expats with Egypt's heritage

Aya Salah , Tuesday 29 Aug 2023

The Egyptian initiative dubbed Etkallem Arabi (Speak Arabic) will host a camp for Egyptian children who live abroad and are currently on vacation, teaching them the history of ancient Egyptian civilization.

Etkallem Arabi
Etkallem Arabi Initiative logo


The camp will be held at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) this Saturday, as a collaboration between the Ministry of Emigration and Expatriates Affairs and the Hayat El-Zomra initiative.

The camp provides a chance to learn and enjoy various fun activities for children aged 8 to 13 years old. Registration is open through this form.

Towards a generation of expats with solid Egyptian roots

Launched in 2020, Etkallem Arabi is a presidential initiative that aims to strengthen Arab-Egyptian identity among second and third-generation Egyptians living abroad.

The initiative strives to improve the children's Arabic language skills while introducing them to Egyptian heritage, customs, traditions, and values.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) welcomed the initiative in 2020 and incorporated it into its annual celebration of World Arabic Language Day on 18 December.

The Etkallem Arabi mobile app is available on the App Store and Google Play, providing an array of services including lessons, games, and activities for children to learn Arabic.

According to the latest government figures, the number of Egyptians living abroad stands at 14 million.

So far, the Etkallem Arabi initiative has attracted the attention of around seven million people, according to recent remarks by the Minister of Emigration Soha Gendi.

The minister pointed out that the number of Etkallem Arabi mobile app users has recently increased from 20,000 users to more than 50,000.

Moreover, Gendi stated that the initiative's Facebook page posts have reached nearly 5.1 million users, along with 1.6 million users on Instagram. 597,000 people have watched video content produced by Etkallem Arabi.

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