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NRM Launches Kiswahili Language Program for East African Integration

NRM Secretariat Launches Kiswahili Language lessons to aid East African Integration
NRM Secretariat Launches Kiswahili Language lessons to aid East African Integration
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The National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party unveiled an ambitious plan to teach Kiswahili to its members across Uganda. This initiative aims to support the broader East African integration agenda, where Kiswahili has become a common language.

During the launch event at the NRM Secretariat, Honourable James Magode Ikuya, the State Minister for East African Community Affairs, spoke on behalf of Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga. He stressed the importance of the Kiswahili language program, stating, “Learning Kiswahili is not just a hobby; it’s a crucial part of embracing African languages, culture, and traditions. This effort is vital as we embark on the journey of African liberation, reconnecting Africans with their heritage. No other language can teach you how to be truly African. Our path starts with speaking African languages. It’s a way to deepen our struggle for Africa’s liberation and restore the dignity of African people. Let us approach all things African with the right attitude.”

Minister Ikuya’s message emphasized the significant role that linguistic and cultural reconnection plays in Africa’s self-realization and resurgence. It signifies a profound shift in perspective and the rekindling of a shared African identity.

Rt Hon. Richard Todwong, the NRM Secretary General, echoed Minister Ikuya’s sentiments during the event. He emphasized the party’s commitment to supporting its members in learning Kiswahili. Todwong stated, “We are actively involved in the East African integration process, and the dream of the East African Federation becoming a reality is within our grasp. To thrive in this regional context, Ugandans must acquire Kiswahili language skills. As the ruling party, we have initiated a program to facilitate this learning journey for our members and interested individuals.”

Todwong also highlighted the broader implications of this language initiative, especially in terms of leadership and effective communication. He emphasized the importance of mastering public speaking skills, which are crucial for leaders to confidently engage with the public. He noted that some leaders have faced challenges in public speaking and debates, and the Kiswahili program aims to address these issues.

To ensure accessibility, the Kiswahili and Public Speaking programs will take place every Wednesday at the NRM National Secretariat, starting on September 13th, from 8 a.m. to midday. These programs are open to all party members and the public, with participants receiving certificates upon completing the training.