East Africans and other residents in Scarborough and surrounding areas will soon be able to send their children to weekend classes to learn basic Swahili.
It is all about setting the students to the path to becoming a real global citizen says Toronto District School Board.
Through its International Languages Elementary / African Heritage programs, TDSB offers students from K to Grade 8. a unique opportunity to learn different languages. No background knowledge necessary to be eligible for hundreds of languages offered by the education board including Swahili, which will soon to be taught at Dr. Marion Hilliard Senior Public School in Scarborough.
Swahili, also known as Kiswahili, is a Bantu language and the first language of the Swahili people. It is a lingua franca of the African Great Lakes region and other parts of eastern and southeastern Africa, including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Who Speaks Swahili:
Around 5 million people speak Swahili as a native language, and a further 135 million speak as a second language. Swahili is spoken in Tanzania, Burundi, Congo (Kinshasa) Kenya, Mayotte, Mozambique, Oman, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Uganda, UAE, the USA and Canada.
The Swahili people (or Waswahili) are an ethnic and cultural group inhabiting the African Great Lakes region. Members mainly reside on the Swahili Coast, in an area encompassing the Zanzibar archipelago, coastal Kenya, the Tanzania seaboard, and northern Mozambique.