'Though the script may look like loopy squiggles to an untrained eye, learning to read and write isn't as huge a challenge as most people expect.' (Photo of Arabic calligraphy by Mark under Creative Commons licence)
In the ninth in our weekly series on the ten most important languages for the UK’s future, as identified by the British Council’s Languages for the Future report, we turn to the fifth most commonly spoken language in the world, Arabic. Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp is an Arabic translator and teacher and co-founder of Babel Babies, a company promoting language-learning
The young Palestinian filmmakers spent hours interviewing people on the streets of Ramallah (Photo by tgraham under Creative Commons licence).
What's it like to live in the West Bank? A series of short films produced by young Palestinians gives a rare glimpse into everyday life in Ramallah. Suha Khuffash of the British Council explains.
Mohamed Yehia and the football team he has helped create in the village of Alsawhga, Egypt. Photo British Council.
What can children learn from being part of a team? Premier Skills football coach Mohamed Yehia has led a community-focused football project to provide equipment, kits and training to more than a hundred children in the village of Alsawhga, Egypt. He explains how football can bring about positive change in children lives.
More than two million people have fled Syria since the beginning of the conflict in 2011. Photo by Marc Veraart under Creative Commons licence.
When a country is at war, what happens to its universities? And why does it matter to its young citizens? The British Council's Sally Ward describes the heartbreak facing the young Syrians who wish to educate themselves and rebuild their country.
Half-finished construction on Benghazi University in 2012 (Photo by BBC World Service under Creative Commons licence)
In the aftermath of recent violence, the Libyan government is trying to repair and improve its higher education sector to meet massive demand from the country's young population. The British Council's Dr John Law explains how Libya is developing its universities.