SOAS University of London

Swahili students interviewed on BBC Focus on Africa and BBC Swahili to celebrate World Mother Tongue Day

1 March 2019

International Mother Language Day is observed annually on 21 February. Its aim is to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity. It also highlights the importance of multilingualism.

This year, UNESCO's aim was to raise awareness and to promote access to indigenous languages. To celebrate this International Year of Indigenous Languages, Swahili students at SOAS met Salim Kikeke from the BBC and talked about their reasons for studying Swahili.

Swahili, a popular language choice at SOAS, plays an important role in changing the way that many of the students see the world. Together with their teacher, Ida Hadjivayanis, the students could bring attention to the significance of learning languages and how that can promote sustainable development.

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SOAS Swahili students interviewed on BBC Focus on Africa to celebrate World Mother Tongue Day

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SOAS Swahili students interviewed on BBC Swahili to celebrate World Mother Tongue Day