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Arabi 21

Arab Thought Foundation


The Foundation is an independent, international, non-governmental organization that has no affiliation with regimes or political, partisan, or sectarian affiliations. Since its establishment in 2000 at the initiative of His Royal Highness Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, and with the support of intellectuals, financiers, and businessmen who believed in its message of enlightenment, development, and responsible freedom, the Foundation has been committed to promoting Arabic language and culture and calling for solidarity among Arabs and a unifying Arab identity that embraces diversity and pluralism. It upholds the values of dialogue and openness to the languages and cultures of the world.

Through pioneering initiatives, programs, and projects, reports, books, and translations, conferences, forums, and seminars, as well as awards, the Foundation aims to spread knowledge, stimulate creativity and innovation, develop structures and mindsets, empower youth, and achieve the goals of comprehensive and sustainable development.

The Foundation adopts the approach of partnership, cooperation, and integration with relevant organizations, institutions, and centers of research and studies in its contribution to intellectual, cultural, and educational efforts.


Arabi 21 Project
The definition

The Arab Thought Foundation has given special attention to the educational sector, its reform workshop, and the process of developing it, as demonstrated mainly in its "Arabi 21" project. The project targets students at all stages of education, as well as Arab and foreign publishing houses that print in Arabic, authors and illustrators of Arab children's literature books, educational and cultural institutions and associations concerned with encouraging reading, teachers of education in the educational stages, and librarians.



The vision of the "Arabi 21" project is to prepare an Arab person who is able to learn, work, and live by thinking and communicating in Arabic, and to preserve their identity. The main objective of the project is to contribute to modernizing the methods of learning and teaching the Arabic language.



The main activities of the project include:

  • Early Reading Assessment Tool Design in Arabic “Early”

  • Electronic directory of classified books

  • Short story competition

  • "My Book" Award

  • Education Conference

  1. Organize educational conferences on topics related to promoting the use of the Arabic language

  2. Publish interactive videos on educational best practices and other topics of interest to teachers and academics

  3. Design an exam based on international standards to test the capabilities of the Arab student in the Arabic language

  4. Launch initiatives to encourage children and young adults to read and write in Arabic

  5. Organize the "My Book Award" to select the best children's and young adult books in Arabic

  6. Formulate and adopt appropriate standards related to Arabic language curricula and the classification of children's literature books

  7. Encourage Arab and international publishing houses to use appropriate standards to classify children's literature books

  8. Create a website that includes an electronic directory of children's books classified according to reading level and international standards, with book summaries to help users choose appropriate books.

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