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Botswana aims to introduce Swahili language

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Botswana aims to introduce Swahili language in the southern African country’s local
schools, a senior official said Tuesday.
At a language teaching workshop in Francistown, Botswana’s second-largest city, Fidelis
Molao, Botswana’s Minister of Basic Education, said that Swahili language will be
introduced in schools in future.
Swahili is a Bantu language widely spoken in the Great Lakes region and other parts of
eastern and south-eastern Africa including Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, the
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and parts of Malawi.
If introduced, Swahili will be the first African language from outside the boundaries of the
world’s largest producer of diamonds by value.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) region will be one of the major
trading partners with many Swahili-speaking countries in the near future, which
Botswana needs most as it is vying for an export-led economy, Molao said.
English, French and Portuguese are the three languages currently used by the SADC.
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