IISR holds debate contest to promote Urdu language

Updated 14 January 2015

IISR holds debate contest to promote Urdu language

The International Indian School, Riyadh (IISR) recently conducted a debate competition for girl students which gave them the opportunity to showcase their talent as well as promote the Urdu language as part of the curriculum.
The debate contest was categorized into three levels: Senior secondary, secondary and junior groups.
Huba Hasmi bagged the first prize for the senior secondary level, Aisha Fatima won the second prize and Ismaa Sheikh got the third prize, whereas for the secondary level, the first prize went to Rahma Habeeb, the second prize was won by Tuba Hafeez and the third prize was shared between Zaina Hameed and Raheema Riyaz.
In the Junior category for the sixth and seventh grades, the first prize was won by Aisha Perwaiz, the second prize went to Manal Hasan and the third prize was taken by Rahma Shah.
Speaking at the grand finale held recently, IISR Principal S.M. Shaukat Perwaiz said that the debate competitions were an excellent opportunity to fulfill the commitment for the development of Urdu by the staff and students of the school. Moreover, such competitions help to enhance the skills of repartee and presence of mind playing a key role in the development of their all-round personalities, he added.
“Urdu is part of our rich literary heritage and composite culture and it is therefore our duty to use it as a lingua franca and not occasionally or casually as is generally the case,” Shaukat observed, noting that the debate in Urdu will further promote the rich native language which now has international reach.
The vice principal of the girls’ section Asma Shah in her welcome address earlier said that the school administration was doing all it could to promote the Urdu language. She also described the language as “a symbol of our composite culture” and urged the students, teachers and parents to play their role in the individual and collective capacity for the development of Urdu.
She further emphasized the significance of the power of the Urdu language as a means of communication and termed the IISR Urdu debate competitions as the hallmark of a sound education system for the students.
Faizah Mustafa concluded the event with a recitation from the Holy Qur’an while Kulsum Sayyid read the translation and interpretation and Hina Kausar explained the rules to the participants.


KSA highlights support for Bosnia massacre victims

Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal Bin Farhan al Saud delivers a speech during the opening of the UN Human Rights Council's main annual session on February 24, 2020 in Geneva. (AFP)
Updated 13 July 2020

KSA highlights support for Bosnia massacre victims

  • The minister added that King Salman continued to support and stand by Bosnia and Herzegovina, further confirming the unique and friendly relations between the two countries

GENEVA: Saudi Arabia participated in the 25th anniversary memorial of the Srebrenica genocide that took place in July 1995.
Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah delivered the Kingdom’s speech via video conference.
He conveyed the greetings of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sefik Dzaferovic, and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and dignitaries who were participating in the event.
The minister affirmed that Saudi Arabia stood side by side with its brothers, the families of the victims of the massacre.
He said: “Our participation on behalf of Saudi Arabia, its leaders, government, and people, is a humanitarian and moral obligation that the Saudi leadership stands by every year.”
The minister added that King Salman continued to support and stand by Bosnia and Herzegovina, further confirming the unique and friendly relations between the two countries.