03 November 2015
On the occasion of KICS Founders Day, 20th October, we held our second community lecture entitled ‘Who are the Nubians?’ presented by Dr Mohamed Jalal Hashim, the distinguished Nubian linguist.
Dr Jalal described how the inhabitants of the Nile Valley came originally from the West and how pockets of Nubian language still exist in an area of Western Sudan and also in the Nuba Mountains.
His talk traced the origins of the dialects currently spoken in Northern Sudan- by the Halfaween, Sikkot and Mahas- Nobiin and its relationship with Old Nobiin and the Greek alphabet. He contrasted this with Meroitic language that is still to be fully deciphered and stressed the separate origins of the Meriotic culture and that of the Nubians. His talk illustrated the complexity and overlapping of Egyptian, Nubian and other Sudanese cultures viewd through the ??? of language.
Dr Jalal spoke passionately about the need to preserve the modern Nubian languages and to protect them from the encroachment of the Arabic language. Without detracting from the importance and richness of the Arabic linguistic heritage, he felt it very important that these local dialects, songs and oral traditions be preserved for future generations.
Dr Jalal’s lecture was very well attended by parents, students and other guests who enjoyed a very interesting and passionate lecture on a fascinating subject.
27 October 2015
We were excited to hear that the KICS Local Teacher Training programme has been shortlisted for an award at the Arabia CSR Network Awards 2015. Each year for the last six years we have invited over 100 teachers from local schools to attend 8-week professional development courses run by our own KICS faculty. Some return every year to connect with and learn from KICS teachers as we try to share what we know with our fellow educators in local Sudanese schools.
My congratulations go to Ms. Maria, who supervises the programme, and the many teachers, staff members and students who all volunteer their time, energy and expertise to make the programme such an annual highlight for so many teachers from the public school system. The awards ceremony will take place in Dubai next week and we will let you know how we get on: fingers crossed!
10 September 2015
On Tuesday 8th of Sept we had our first community lecture for the academic year 2015/16. We were honored to have Dr. El Nour Hamad who came all the way from Qatar and talked to us about the importance of art in Schools “ART SCHOOL Matters”.
Dr Elnour holds an MA from Miami University and a PhD from the University of Illinois, both in Art Education.
It was wonderful talk attended by many parents and members of the community.
Thanks to KICSPA for sponsoring this lecture