The government of Uganda has endorsed the establishment of the Uganda National Kiswahili Council, whose main objective is to guide implementation of usage of Swahili as one of Uganda’s official languages.
Speaking to journalists today at the Media Center, the government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo said that the decision was taken on Monday at State House Entebbe. “This council will be recruiting Swahili teachers who will to be sent to teach Swahili in schools,” Opondo said adding that the council will also ensure establishment of policy, legal and institutional framework for setting standards for effective promotion, development and usage of Kiswahili at all levels.
He added that the council will also be responsible for harmonisation, coordination and collaboration among ministries, departments and agencies to ensure Kiswahili use, and promotion and development so as to enhance the provision of Kiswahili services and resources.
The move is one of the many steps that Uganda is taking to ensure that the country can easily integrate with other countries in the East African Community and also reap the benefits that come with such an integration. Uganda is the only country among the three EAC founder states that doesn’t use Swahili as an official language. The country uses English and doesn’t have a National Language.