South Africa is set to start teaching Kiswahili to its students from 2020.
South African schools will teach Kiswahili as an optional language, making it the first African language outside South Africa to be offered in class.
The country's Education minister Angie Motshekga said the move was meant to promote unity and social cohesion with fellow Africans.
There’s also the recognition that the continent needs a new strategy for mother-tongue based education and to cast aside dependence on foreign languages
Kiswahili is Africa’s most internationally recognized language spoken by some 98.3 million Africans.
The move has been welcomed by Opposition leader Julius Malema who says that growing Kiswahili to a continental language is a great stride towards decolonizing Africa.
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We should be proud of our own language,,,, why should we adapt other people's language,,,like the westies,,,,I've not herd them talking abt our language in their country,,, so be it,,,even in court,, office's and many more place let's make our language priority,,, for others to follow,,, great work South African,,, we were colonize by this same people,,, then we have to spit out there language's,,,, be proud of your skin colour,,, hair,,, ext ext....kudos Africa's,,, (+254)
We in west Africa cannot accept Swahili cos it's has an infusion of Arab and local language ! It's a welcome development but not for people like us in west Africa cos we have our own language broken pidginEnglish which d about more 150 million speakers esp in Nigeria Ghana Benin Liberia serrie Leone Cameroon ! So insread of swahili we will go for our own pidgin English which has African most populated county Nigerians speaking it it !
It's is by force thunder force etc ! How can u single out Swahili leaving broken English which has all the English west Africa countries including some part of French colonies like Benin Togo niger speaking it even down to Haiti Cuba Jamaica west Indies ! It's abdominal act shame and disrespect to the people of west Africa ! Pls Stop the discrepancy
✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾 I'm jamaican and I love this. Jamaicans should stop teaching Spanish and start teaching Swahili. We need the spirit of our ancestors in so many more of our sisters and brothers
We can easily learn swahili in less than 2 months using Pimsleur Swahili Course..
It's the best language course for learning any language.
I learnt Spanish using pimsleur Spanish in about 3 months only.!
Karibuni Sana Wana-Africa Wenzangu !
Just when you thought that Julius Melima couldn't get any stupider, he shows us he's even more stupid than you thought. One of Africa's great strengths in competing internationally is the widespread fluency in the most valuable language in the world: English. English is the international language of commerce, science, technology, etc. For example, if you set up a factory to build a product in Kenya, even the lowly minimum wage shop floor helper can read and fully comprehend any accompanying written materials associated with production of the product. This is a skill that even most upper managment in a cutting edge production facility in China likely doesn't have. And they would dearly love to have it. Sorry but Swahili is about as useful outside of Africa as an ice machine in Antarctica.
Julius Malema is right. Africa needs a language of it's own. And I'm not even African. But I understand what he is saying..
I'm a pacifican. And I've seen my fellow pacificans lose their language. And it's sad. Cus I can speak mine but they can't. Peace and respect for Julius Malema.
Am Ethiopian living in a border town called moyale, which is partly Kenyan territory and partly Ethiopian territory. The town is dominated by borana oromo speaking communities in both sides of the border. And we Ethiopians go to schools in Kenyan side which kiswahili is a complasory subject so many Ethiopians at the border towns with kenya speak Swahili... Kiswahili Ni lugha itakayo tuunganisha sisi waafrika
It is the most uniting African language. Kenya has 44 tribe, each tribe with its own languages. But all of them can speak swahili, hence they can trade, intermarry and understand each other through swahili. In Tanzania there are over 150 tribes. Each with their own languages but they all understand swahili which is a trade language
I encourage this initiative. In fact, personalities such as Mzee Nyerere and Kwame N'krumah suggested this, way back.
Just to give you a taste of it! There we go...
Habari zenu? (More likely East DRC, Rwanda, and Burundi version) = How are guys doing?? Mzuri sana! Aksante = [We are doing ] Very well! Thank you.