EAC adopts July 7 World Kiswahili Language Day

The 17th Meeting of the Sectoral Council on Education, Science and Technology, Culture and Sports (SCESTCS) of the East African Community (EAC) has adopted the UNESCO declaration of July 7 as World Kiswahili Language Day.

This is part of the implementation of the directive of the 21st Summit of EAC Heads of State that adopted Kiswahili and French as official languages of the EAC.

The Sectoral Council approved the inaugural of the EAC World Kiswahili Language Day to be celebrated in Zanzibar on Thursday, July 7, 2022, under the coordination of the East African Kiswahili Commission, the winners of the 2021 EAC Essay Writing Competition and their presentation for awards by the Summit.

It also urged the Secretariat to expeditiously implement these roadmaps and undertake necessary capacity building and other requirements to facilitate the use of these languages in the official business of the community.

The Sectoral Committee emphasised the urgency to finalise Annex VII of the Common Market Protocol on Mutual Recognition of Academic and Professional Qualifications (MRAs) to fast-track mobility of professionals and services in the Community.

In his remarks, the EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of the Productive and Social Sectors, Mr Christophe Bazivamo, noted that the Community cannot attain her desired goals without deliberate investments and focus on these key areas.

He informed the delegates of the admission of the Democratic Republic of Congo to the EAC and the opportunities presented by this development saying that require a common language.

The Sectoral Committee that was held in a hybrid format was attended by ministers from Partner States including Uganda that was represented by Mr Dominic Gidudu, the Minister of State for Gender, Labour and Social Development.

Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, South Sudan and the DR Congo were also represented.


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