KIGALI, RWANDA - AUGUST 02: Rwanda President Paul Kagame (R) and Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan (L) hold a joint press conference at Presidential Palace in Kigali, Rwanda on August 02, 2021. (Photo by Habimana Thierry/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Paul Kagame asks Tanzanian leader to deploy Swahili teachers

President Paul Kagame has requested his Tanzanian counterpart to deploy Swahili teachers to help strengthen Rwanda’s efforts in teaching the language.

In a state banquet on Monday night marking the end of President Samia Suluhu’s two-day visit, Paul Kagame said that Rwanda had already introduced Swahili lessons in schools.

In 2017, Rwanda adopted Swahili as the fourth official language after Kinyarwanda, French and English but pick-up of the language has been slow because of a shortage of teachers.

Swahili is also the official language of the East African Community, which Rwanda is a member state.

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Last month, on the African Integration Day, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni called on Africans to learn Swahili to aid in unifying the continent.

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