South African Schools to Teach Kiswahili in 2020

South Africa has announced that Kiswahili will be introduced as an optional language in schools by 2020.

The move was welcomed by many who want to see the language, known in English simply as Swahili, become the first African language spoken across the continent.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party leader Julius Malema says Swahili, which is spoken by more than a hundred million people across East and Central Africa, provides Africa with a chance to free itself from colonial shackles.

“We must have a language that unites Africans. If Kiswahili can be developed and become a continental language, and then we do away with speaking to each other in English,” he said.

English is unlikely to lose its status as one of the most widely spoken tongues in Africa, where more than 23…

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