(MENAFN - Arab News) Twelve international schools with around 40 students took part in the 4th inter-school elocution competition organized by the khak-e-taiba trust (ktt) jeddah chapter to promote public speaking skills.
abbas khan vice president of ktt initiated the program with a qur'an recition. 'naat" (islamic poetry common in south asia) was presented by yahya sayed viqaruddin ktt trustee and secretary-general while aleem khan falki chief adviser of ktt conducted the program.
viqaruddin introduced ktt and underlined its initiatives in organizing different programs such as the ramadan program haj seminars contests for children and other such events.
falki welcomed chief guest mohammed qurashi head of chancery and education consul at the indian consulate in jeddah khaled al-maeena guest of honor ahmed abdul hakeem the ktt president aijaz khan ktt trustee dr. haseebullah a trustee from india shameem kausar patron and shakeel afsar event organizer in addition to students teachers and parents.
the program's five judges included syed ali mahmood chief judge from king abdulaziz university (kau) shahida aziz khan a ph.d. holder from kau ameer azam of kau syed jamal qadri president of the urdu academy in jeddah and jameel ahmad alo of the kau.
students were asked to speak about several topics including the teachings of the prophet muhammad (peace be upon him) in fostering kindness to children and knowledge and ensuring the welfare of women orphans the less fortunate and non-muslims.
other topics included honesty and public service. students of different ages and classes took part in the event.
raghib qurashi praised the efforts of the ktt.
'the credit goes to the ktt for providing this platform for kids to showcase their skills" he said. 'the ktt is engaged in several activities in jeddah and india setting an example for other organizations."
al-maeena expressed his gratitude in being invited to the program.
'the students who came on stage will be the young leaders of the future" he said. 'ktt is always at the forefront in providing services to the community. india's future seems very bright since youth are being trained at being pioneers in politics."
abdul hakeem also praised the efforts of students and the teachers who trained them and congratulated participants and parents for their hard work.
participants were awarded bags certificates and cash prizes. there were six winners of whom three girls and three boys.