- Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera has directed education authorities to introduce the Swahili language into the country’s school curriculum.
- The decision aims to facilitate business communication with Swahili-speaking countries and strengthen bilateral relations.
- Experts believe that learning Swahili will enhance trade partnerships and open up new opportunities for Malawi.
- Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has pledged support and resources for the implementation of Swahili language studies in Malawi.
Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera has ordered the inclusion of the Swahili language in the country’s school curriculum. During a joint news briefing with Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan, President Chakwera shared the news of this significant decision.
Expressing his enthusiasm, President Chakwera stated, “I am pleased to inform everyone that my administration has decided to introduce language studies to strengthen both Malawi and Swahili-speaking sister countries like Tanzania. My ministry of education is instructed to implement this policy promptly.”
Education experts in Malawi have hailed this decision, emphasizing the advantages of learning Swahili. As one of the most widely spoken languages in various parts of Africa, Swahili offers the potential to boost trade partnerships and improve communication channels with Swahili-speaking countries. This move is expected to open up new avenues for economic growth and collaboration.
President Hassan, who was visiting Malawi for three days, offered her support for the introduction of Swahili in Malawi’s schools. During a press conference, she expressed Tanzania’s willingness to provide all necessary resources to facilitate the implementation of Swahili language studies. “On Kiswahili, my brother said it well. I thank you for the decision you have taken. Tanzania is ready to give all that is required to make Kiswahili being taught in Malawi schools. We are ready for that,” President Hassan affirmed.
The introduction of Swahili in Malawi’s school curriculum reflects the country’s commitment to strengthening bilateral relations and fostering regional cooperation. By equipping the younger generation with linguistic skills that facilitate effective communication, Malawi aims to create a favorable environment for trade, cultural exchange, and collaboration with Swahili-speaking nations.