South Africa embraces Swahili | Africa | DW


One of Africa’s most widely recognized languages, Swahili — also known as Kiswahili — will soon be taught in South African classrooms, in a move which hopes to promote greater social cohesion among Africans, as well as offer more opportunities to Swahili-speakers from East African countries. 

The South African Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, made the announcement in September. “There are currently 15 non-official languages listed in the national curriculum statement as optional subjects,” she told Sowetan Live, “These include French, German and Mandarin. There is unfortunately no African language in the list.”

Until now, that is. Swahili — like Zulu and many other South African languages — is an agglutinating language and shares many similar features in terms of word…

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