EAST AFRICAN KISWAHILI COMMISSION HOLDS STRATEGIC MEETINGS IN NAIROBI Inbox

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 28th June 2016:
The Principal Secretary (PS), State Department of East African
Community Integration, Ministry of EAC, Labour and Social Protection
of the Republic of Kenya Ms. Betty Maina has lauded Kiswahili
stakeholders in East Africa for championing the development and use of
the language in regional integration.

Addressing participants at the official opening of a two-day
Validation Workshop for the Strategic Plan of the East African
Kiswahili Commission (EAKC) on Thursday, 23rd June 2016 at the Kenya
Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) in Nairobi, Ms. Maina
commended delegates drawn from all the EAC Partner States for using
Kiswahili to sensitize the citizenry on the integration process and
progress. Noting that Kiswahili is an integral part of the integration
project and sustainable development for the region, the PS called for
concerted efforts to support the Commission.

The PS called on the stakeholders to distil specific actionable areas
that would have visible and tangible results that will be applicable
and presentable to the public and other stakeholders. She challenged
the stakeholders to brainstorm on possible sources of alternative
funding to facilitate and enhance staff expansion and infrastructural
development. She reminded the Commission that while considering
request for supplementary budget, it should go beyond traditional
funding and think about alternative resource mobilization.

The Executive Secretary of the East African Kiswahili Commission, Prof
Kenneth Simala assured participants of the Commission’s commitment to
executing its mandate of coordinating and promoting the development
and use of Kiswahili in East Africa and the diaspora, where Kiswahili
is the fastest spreading African language.

The Validation Workshop was closed on Friday 24th June, 2016 by Mr.
Joe Okudo, Principal Secretary, State Department of Arts and Culture;
Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts who noted that Kiswahili is
quickly becoming a Pan-African language of identity. He urged
stakeholders to take the lead in promoting the development and use of
Kiswahili.

The Validation Workshop was the third in a week-long series of
meetings organized by the EAKC to discuss effective operationalization
and implementation of its mandate. The workshops were attended by over
143 delegates from across the Community.

University Kiswahili Staff and Student Exchange Programme

The first workshop on Monday, 20th June, 2016 was on the theme
‘University Kiswahili Staff and Student Exchange in the EAC and
Beyond’ and was attended by Chairpersons of Departments of Kiswahili
and Graduate Students from both public and private universities.
Specific objectives of the Workshop were: To initiate linkages for
students and staff exchange Programmes among East African Universities
and beyond. A second objective was to establish stakeholders
associations at national and regional levels as drivers of the first
goal.

On Curriculum Reform, Change and Innovation

On 21st – 22nd June, 2016, EAKC in partnership with DAAD Regional
Office in Nairobi held a workshop on ‘Curriculum Reform, Change and
Innovation at Universities in East Africa’. Facilitated by
distinguished scholars from across the region, the workshop also had
presentations made by teachers of Kiswahili, media practitioners,
government officials and DAAD alumni from EAC Partner States. Sharing
experiences and learning from best practices, stakeholders at the
workshop observed that the fast pace of globalization and
regionalization has resulted in internalization of education and the
need for staff and student mobility in East Africa and beyond. Among
the key milestones of the workshop are: a Report; Mentorship Programme
of DAAD Alumni for Kiswahili Scholars and Students; Roadmap on East
African University Kiswahili Staff and Student Exchange Programme;
National Associations of University Departments of Kiswahili;
Association of East African Kiswahili media Practitioners.

Milestones and deliverables

At the end of the Workshop, the following milestones were achieved:
1. Draft Policy on University Kiswahili Staff-Student Exchange
Programme in East Africa and beyond;
2. Linkages initiated between staff and students of Kiswahili in
East African Universities;
3. National Associations of Chairpersons of Departments of
Kiswahili in East African Universities;
4. East African Association of Chairpersons of Departments of Kiswahili;
5. National Associations of Kiswahili Media Operators in East
African Universities;
6. East African Association of Kiswahili Media Operators;
7. Workshop Report on ‘Curriculum Reform, Change and Innovation
at Universities in East Africa’.
8. Workshop Proceedings from Facilitators (to be edited into a
ten-chapter book)
9. Validated EAKC Strategic Plan (2016/7 -2020/1);
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