Fanya Kiswahili moja ya lugha rasmi za UN (Make Swahili one of the UN official language)

Fanya Kiswahili moja ya lugha rasmi za UN (Make Swahili one of the UN official language)

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Hivi sasa, Kiswahili ni moja wapo ya lugha za Jumuiya ya Afrika. Bunge la Bunge la Afrika Mashariki (Eala) lilipitisha azimio la kuifanya Kiswahili kuwa lugha rasmi ya Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki kando na Kiingereza mnamo 2016. Kiswahili kinazungumzwa na karibu watu milioni 150 barani Afrika.

Kambi kubwa za Wakimbizi Afrika zote ziko kwenye Afrika Mashariki (kambi kumi kubwa zaidi), mkoa ambao wasemaji wengi wao huwa hutumia Kiswahili kama lugha rasmi. Wanajamii na wanaojitolea kusaidiana kwenye kambi huzungumza Kiswahili na kufunzwa na Kiswahili pia. Waafrika wengi maeneo mengine wameanza kukumbatia Kiswahili.

Shule za Kusini mwa Afrika zitaanza kufundisha Kiswahili kuanzia mwaka 2020. Hii inamaanisha kuwa Kiswahili ni lugha ambayo inakumbatiwa Kiafrika na hivi karibuni itakuwa lugha ambayo mataifa mengi ya Kiafrika yatazingatia.

Walakini, mashirika makubwa ambayo kazi yao inalenga kubadilisha maisha ya watu walio hatarini zaidi wakimbizi na IDP, bado hawajumuishi Kiswahili kama sehemu ya hitaji la kujua lugha wakati unafanya kazi.

Kifaransa, Kiarabu, na Kihispania bado ni lugha inayopendelea katika matumizi mengi ya kazi katika mkoa wa Afrika Mashariki na Afrika kama bara kwa ujumla. Tungepends kiswahili kiongezewa kama kama sehemu ya hitaji kwa lugha za UN. Ita saidia katika kungetengeneza miradi zaidi ya jamii inayohusika.

Ofisi ya UN huko Nairobi ni Makao makuu ya UN barani Afrika. Programu ya Mazingira ya UN (UNEP) na Programu ya UN ya makazi ya Wanadamu (UN-HABITAT) pia zina ofisi zao kuu jijini Nairobi. IFRC, Oxfam, CARE, ni kati ya mashirika mengi ya kimataifa ambayo yana Mikoa ya Afrika kwa maeneo ambayo yana zungumza Kiswahili kama Lugha ya taifa.

Kiswahili, kama lugha ya upendeleo kando na lugha zingine za UN KWA WANANCHI, ingekuwa na faida sio kwa jamii inayohudumiwa tu bali pia kwa wanahisa wakuu wa miradi hii i.e jamii. Pia itafanya wajitolea kujitahidi kujenga uhusiano na wanufaika wa miradi inayohusika.

IDEA AFRIKA, kama kitovu cha Kiafrika cha Wanawake, tungependa kuona kuona lugha yetu imeweza kupewa utaratibu na heshima inayohitaji.

Translation

(Currently, Swahili is one of the African Union languages. The East African Legislative Assembly (Eala) passed a resolution to make Kiswahili an official language of the East African Community alongside English in 2016.

Swahili, Including Level 2 speakers, is spoken by around 150 million people in Africa.

Africa’s Biggest Refugee Camps are all based in East Africa (top 10), a region whose majority speakers i.e host communities and local volunteers speak Swahili. A lot of Africans have started to embrace Kiswahili.

Southern African schools will start to teach and examine Kiswahili starting in the year 2020. This means that Swahili is a language that is African embraced and will soon be the language most African nations will adapt to.

Yet, big non-profits organizations whose work is centered at changing the lives of the most vulnerable people i.e refugees and IDPs, poverty-stricken, underprivileged Africans (who barely speak the 5/6 UN languages) are yet to include Swahili as part of the need to know the language while working with and for projects that are based in Africa alongside the UN official languages. French, Arabic, and Spanish is still the preferred language in most job applications based in the East Africa region and Africa as a continent in general and Swahili added there would make projects more community involving, more diverse.

The United Nations Office at Nairobi is the UN's Headquarters in Africa. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) also have their main offices in Nairobi. This applies to IFRC, Oxfam, CARE, among MOST international organizations that have African Regions.

THIS PETITION WILL Pave way for the decolonization of non-profit and African established corporates in Africa by including the Nation's language, rather than a blanket preferred language rarely spoken in a nation.

Most competent change makers, in the humanitarian world who understand the communities NGOs serve (local well-skilled personnel), through experiences as victims, community members, and volunteers or through experience by profession from Sub-Saharan countries miss out on critical job positions that would need their expertise based on the language of preference. One that they do not speak, as it is not the language of interaction.

Swahili, as a language of preference alongside other UN languages FOR STARTERS, would be beneficial not only to the community being served but also to the major shareholders of these projects i.e the community. It will also make volunteers strive to build relationships with the beneficiaries of the projects involved. 

IDEA AFRICA, as a pan-African hub for feminists and the queer community, would love to see progressive humanitarian approaches to problems that we face in Africa in our various regions and this starts by involving the most vital languages such as Swahili in regions in projects being done; for sustainability.) 

 

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