Published on Tuesday, 29 August 2017
The National Kiswahili Council held a press conference on 28th August 2017 to give more detail on the announcement published on social networks. The advertisement was about the introduction of a Kiswahili specialist database.
The National Kiswahili Council (BAKITA) Executive Secretary Dr. Selemani S. Sewangi told the press conference on the Councilâ€™s intention to establish a Kiswahili professional database. He explained that, having Kiswahili professionals is one thing and having their information that can be obtained immediately when they are needed, is another thing. Despite the fact that Tanzania has a number of Kiswahili scholars and professionals, currently, it is difficult to know who such professionals are, what kind of skills they have and to what extent, where they are, and what they are doing. In such a situation it is very difficult to find those professionals whenever the urgent need is to emerge.
He further said that, in order to deal with such a challenge, BAKITA has decided to collect professional and personal information from Kiswahili professional individuals in order to keep them in a computer system which will enable the Council to access such professionals once they are needed.
The information intended to be collected are University academic transcript copies, and copies from other specialized institutes such as interpreting, translation, Swahili teaching for foreigners and sign language in Kiswahili. In addition, Professionalsâ€™ Curriculum Vitae (CV) with various information such as, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, employment status, knowledge of other international languages, experience in employment relating to Kiswahili language will also be required. Since the aim is to collect academic and professional information, in this exercise Secondary certificates, Kiswahili membership certificates, Conference attendance certificates and qualification certificates will not be required.
Such information will make it easier for the Government to find out our Kiswahili specialists and the related expertises whenever they are needed, whether in employment or in other national responsibilities. This will also enable the Council in coordinating of various matters relating to such specialists including enabling planning of short-term training in various expertises.
Also, Dr. Selemani Sewangi explained that the needs for Kiswahili professionals now have dramatically increased and therefore it is an appropriate time to have a professional database to ensure that once they are needed they will be available. He also illustrated about several leaders who visited our country such as the Ethiopia Prime Minister Hon. Heilemariam Dessalegn and the Egyptian President Hon. Abdel Fattah Elissi that both expressed interest of being offered teachers to teach Kiswahili in their countries.
He said that the above-mentioned information should be sent to BAKITA e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org and he assured the professionals that their information would be received and dealt with confidentiality.
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