Centre for Foreign Relations  to begin teaching Kiswahili  

24Apr 2019
Polycarp Machira
DODOMA
The Guardian
Centre for Foreign Relations  to begin teaching Kiswahili  

THE Centre for Foreign Relations has prepared a curriculum to start teaching Kiswahili language for the coming academic year as a means to spread the language internationally, the House heard yesterday.

Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and East Africa, Regional and International  Cooperation, Damas Ndumbaro.

Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and East Africa, Regional and International  Cooperation, Damas Ndumbaro told the lawmakers that plans are ready for the establishment of the language.

The deputy minister made the statement while responding to a question by the Malindi MP, Ally Saleh Ally (CUF) who had wanted to know the plans for the centre to increase the number of foreign language being taught at the centre.

 Ndumbaro explained that  Kiswahili as a foreign language will be taught starting 2019/20 academic year as all plans are in store for the service.

He said CFR is recognizing the importance of foreign languages as far as diplomacy and international relations is all about, thus  the need to increase the number of languages being  taught.

Currently, Dr Ndumbaro said foreign languages studied at the CFR are Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, English, Korean and Portuguese.

He told the National Assembly that since the establishment of  the institute in 1978, the centre has produced more than 3421 graduates of which 72 are degree holders.

Others are Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations Management (503), Postgraduate Diploma in Economic Diplomacy (341), Ordinary Diploma 2,084 and certificates 347 while 74 senior foreign affairs ministry officials went through special training.

Dr Ndumbaro went on saying that of the number of graduates, 1.060 were women and the remaining  men who were from South Africa, Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Kenya, Comoro, Libya, Malawi, Msumbiji, Namibia, Palestine, Rwanda, Sudan, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania.

He told the House that since the college started more than local 500 graduates had attained  careers in  diplomacy   within and outside the country.

He expressed the government commitment to ensure that the centre becomes one of the top not only in Africa but internationally whereas countries can rely on when it comes to diplomatic training.

Dr Ndumbaro said Argentina is among the country that has picked CFR as an institute which will train its staff on international relations and diplomatic aspects.

He said that the country will train more personnel in the areas as diplomacy and international relations to meet the local and foreign market demands.

The CUF Member of Parliament commended Dr Ndumbaro for the detailed answer with statistics saying others should emulate him

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