The Arabic schools in Ankara started organizing courses for teaching Arabic language and sessions for reciting Qur'an for Turkish people, especially after the country's authorities recommended enlisting the Ottoman language in the national curricula.
The Ottoman language is the variety of the Turkish language that was used in the Ottoman Empire. It borrows extensively from Arabic and Persian, and was written in the Ottoman Turkish alphabet.
In a statement to KUNA, Ahmad Al-Hurayri, a director of the Saudi schools, said that the aim of this move is to spread Arabic language into the Turkish society.
The Saudi schools organize Arabic courses at weekends for Turkish people and some foreigners, who are interested in learning the language of Qur'an, he said, noting that the number of learners has reached 140 over the last two years.
He said that the Saudi schools exert their efforts to spread Arabic language among the Turkish society to help it maintain its glamourous image, indicating these schools contribute to teaching Turkish language to students of primary schools.
This move helps students integrate into the Turkish society and remove some difficulties they face daily, Al-Hurayri said, noting that the Saudi schools also organize cultural and sports contests for students and teachers, as well as recreational, tourist and social journeys.
For her part, Maysaa Al-Rawie, a director of the Jordan-run Al-Fayez International Schools in Turkey, told KUNA in a statement that these schools are keen on disseminating and teaching Arabic language among Turkish citizens as part of its main educational goals.
The schools in Istanbul and Ankara organize courses for teaching Arabic and reciting Qur'an at weekends, and exchange visits with Turkish Schools, she noted, hoping to open new branches in other Turkish cities and some European countries.
Meanwhile, Nassrudin Al-Duwaibi, a director of the Libyan schools in Ankara, said the program of teaching Arabic language will be launched next year, stressing eagerness of Turkish people to learn this language.
Arabic language is taught at some schools and universities in Turkey.