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Meet Ghada Wali; The Genius Egyptian Artist Using Lego Bricks To Teach Arabic Alphabet

In this time of sectarianism, religious and ethnic contempt is by all accounts increasing new grounds, particularly in areas that were beforehand thought to be the benchmarks of vote based system. It’s a scrape that many individuals, particularly the individuals who talk the Arabic dialect, need to manage all the time.

In spite of being the liturgical language of billions of Muslims around the globe, the Arabic language has regularly been related with psychological oppression and jihadist bunches like the al-Qaeda, Islamic State, Taliban and numerous others.

 

A lot of fear has been created around this language to a point where some countries are contemplating striking it out of their school curriculums.

But an Egyptian artist wants to change this misconception by simplifying the process of learning the Arabic language. Ghada Wali, a renowned Egyptian graphic designer, has created an Arabic typeface that helps young learners or foreign speakers to playfully build each Arabic alphabet using Lego bricks (toys developed by The Lego Company).

Her project, titled “Let’s Play”, gives users access to a pocketbook that enables them to learn different sounds of Arabic words while looking at the alphabetical words being built in their initial, medial and final forms.

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Through Wali’s award-winning project ‘Let’s Play’ users can learn to sound of the words and build each Arabic letter in their initial, medial and final forms, using the colourful building blocks that we all played with growing up. Photo credit: Cairoscene.com

Changing the World with Graphics

Speaking at the just-concluded TEDGlobal conference in Arusha, Tanzania, Wali revealed that the inspiration to develop the learning materials came from her desire to erase the fear around Arabic and ensure communities are more tolerant.

She added that she chose Lego toys because they already have a global appeal, which makes it easy for her project to reach her global audience.

“What’s more pure, innocent and fun as Lego? It’s a universal time story. You play with them. You build with them,” Wali was quoted by Quartz.

The renowned designer reiterated that the project is designed to offer endless learning opportunities to people who want to learn Arabic.

However, this is not her first project. Last year, she created the Hierolatin Typeface, which introduces hieroglyphics and Pharaonic iconography through Latin typography.

The prized graphic designer also explored the lettering styles in ancient Egyptian movie pictures with the aim of documenting the advancement of the creations and their typographic styles.

As a patriotic Egyptian, Wali has been working on different projects to help address the stereotypical, cultural, and religious misconceptions about Egypt and her citizens.

In 2015, Wali created a project titled “Meen Homma?” – An Arabic phrase for “Who are they?” The post-revolution, social awareness poster design editorial campaign went viral, provoking a nationwide debate about the misleading Egyptian and religious misconceptions.

Through these inspiring and educative projects, Wali believes she can use her skills in graphic design to transform the world.

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