Botswana Minister for Basic education, Fidelis Molao, has said that the southern African nation will introduce Kiswahili in the school curriculum. Molao was speaking during a language-teaching workshop in Francistown, Botswana’s second-largest city.
Botswana follows South Africa that said in January this year that it was piloting Kiswahili in 90 schools as an optional language. Moreover, the move solidifies the South African Development Community commitment to adopt Kiswahili as a formal language in the region.
SADC representatives resolved to use Kiswahili at the Council and Summit level during the 39th in August last year. Eventually, the Community will use Kiswahili for written official communication and later it will be adopted by member countries.
Kiswahili is spoken in Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and parts of Malawi. Kiswahili will become the first African language introduced in Botswana besides the official languages; English and Tswana.
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