In partnership with the School of African Languages, we are offering a 5-week Swahili language course for anyone interested in learning. Also called kiSwahili, it’s a Bantu language spoken either as a mother tongue or as a fluent second language predominantly on the east coast of Africa. However, it is also a lingua franca of other areas in the African Great Lakes region and East and Southern Africa, including some parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Malawi, Mozambique, the southern tip of Somalia, and Zambia. 

Swahili is also one of the working languages of the African Union and of the Southern African Development Community. The East African Community created an institution called the East African Kiswahili Commission (EACK) which began operations in 2015. The institution currently serves as the leading body for promoting the language in the East African region, as well as for coordinating its development and usage for regional integration and sustainable development. In recent years South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Ethiopia, and South Sudan have begun offering Swahili as a subject in schools or have developed plans to do so.

Swahili is fast becoming an important language not only for regional integration within Africa but also for connecting the continent with its global diaspora. Secure your space today and increase your ability to communicate with ease across many African communities.

Classes start 14th of January

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