TANZANIA: KISWAHILI/DAILY NEWS/28/3/18 SABANews 1
DAR ES SALAAM – TANZANIA says it is planning to set up a network comprising professionals who will teach the KiSWAHILI language worldwide.
Information Minister HARRISON MWAKYEMBE says the government will create a database of KiSWAHILI teachers to popularise the language internationally.
He has told the Public Service and Social Development Parliamentary Committee the State is researching to find out the exact available number of such professionals.
Minister MWAKYEMBE says the exercise aims to enable the authorities allocate teachers across the globe, thereby creating more job opportunities within and outside the country.
Historically, KiSWAHILI was and remains part of the BANTU languages like IsiZULU, ChiSHONA, KiKUYU and others.
Researchers say the language is not a kind of mixture of ARABIC and AFRICAN languages, a kind of creole born out of trade and intermarriages along the INDIAN Ocean coast of AFRICA, as sailors of the 15TH to the 19TH centuries believed like many people still do.
The NORDIC Journal of AFRICAN Studies says such a belief is far from the linguistic and historical discoveries of today, which show all the AFRICAN people were neighbours more than 10-THOUSAND years ago.
The group now known as the AFROASIANS lived in the north, next to the NEGRO people, with PYGMIES in the forest and the BUSHMEN freely roaming the eastern and southern savannas of East and Southern AFRICA.
The NORDIC Journal says the languages spoken by all the NEGRO peoples are related and they probably spoke one language some FIVE to SIX-THOUSAND years ago.
However, the common language began to change as the people discovered agriculture and started moving in groups further and further from each other to found new settlements and farms.
The publication says NEGROS adopted KiSWAHILI as ONE of their languages, according to evidence showing it is what is known as an agglutinating class language, whose particles or morphs are glued together to form words or sentences.
It says KiSWAHILI, therefore, shares not only grammatical forms with the other BANTU languages, but also a large measure of vocabulary items with all the about 640 languages in the BANTU family.
It also says KiSWAHILI is now a language of all the peoples in East and Central AFRICA, and not just of MUSLIMS on the coast or of north versus south.
The CORNELL International Law Journal says it is the language of national business in TANZANIA; and while it is a mother tongue to some 10 percent of the population, about 90 percent is bilingual in KiSWAHILI and a vernacular./Sabanews/cam