Africa Travel Info.
The Swahili Institute of Chicago (SWITCH) was
established in December of 1988 as a not-for-profit
organization. The purpose of SWITCH is to
promote African language, culture and history.
Kiswahili, a major African language of the large
"Bantu" language family, is used by over 100
million people. As a non-tribal language, it is
destined to become the Pan-African language of
the 21st Century. Kiswahili is the language of
Kwanzaa and has roots in the Black movement for
social change and cultural awareness. It is offered
in some sixty institutions of higher learning in the
SWITCH advocates the inclusion of Kiswahili as a
world or "foreign" language option in our public
school systems. Our motto is "Lugha ni
Utamaduni" (Language is culture).
Offering an African language option to our children
will give many a rare opportunity to get exposure
to African language, culture and values.
SWITCH is a proud
founding Member of
The Chicago Cultural