|Full Title:||Swahili International Conference|
|Start Date:||25-Oct-2012 - 27-Oct-2012|
|Meeting Email:||click here to access email|
In 2009, a proposal was put forward during a meeting in Dar es Salaam that Kiswahili be an official language in the United Nations alongside other major world languages like English. The suggestion came after Africa Union had adopted Kiswahili as one of the official languages utilized during its sessions. The significance of Kiswahili as an official language, regionally, was elevated by the adoption of the East African Community as one of the criteria for membership in the trading block. Individual countries like Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi have already put in place plans of incorporating Kiswahili in their national education curricula. Kenya has recently entrenched Kiswahili as her second official language in its new constitution. What does this tell a common man on the streets of east Africa and beyond? That Kiswahili now is being put into officialdom to be utilized in all spheres of human interaction anywhere in the world. This is the status Kiswahili has gained currently.
How are we prepared for such monumental tasks of developing Kiswahili in the same manner as what other world languages are doing? Phenomenological realities such as globalization and laser speed scientific and technological advancements warrant what kind of pace Kiswahili should roll its engines? Emerging issues such as environmental concerns, peace and security, interstate relations, changing World Orders, upcoming metropolises, ever mutating education systems, calls for democracy, media publications and the resultant African identity concerns put Kiswahili on the spot on which is/are the best option offered by Kiswahili to address these issues?
The Research Institute of Swahili Studies of Eastern Africa is a research directorate within the National Museums of Kenya, a not for profit organization. This is our second international conference and we are looking forward to succeeding in this endeavor of promoting Kiswahili internationally.
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