Call to Integrate Portuguese into SA Schools

Cape Times (South Africa), April 23, 2019 | Go to article overview

Call to Integrate Portuguese into SA Schools


THE Portuguese Secretary of State for Portuguese Communities Abroad, Dr Jose Luis Carneiro, hopes that the memorandum of agreement to government will help integrate the language into South African primary and high schools.

There are about 200 000 Portuguese living in South Africa.

Speaking to the Cape Times during an interview, Carneiro said: "One of the most important things for our external policy is to promote the Portuguese language in the world, and we want to give all South Africans the opportunity to learn the language because it is increasing in international institutions all over the world."

Carneiro said there were 5.7 million Portuguese across 178 countries and 260 million Portuguese-speaking people globally.

"By the end of the century the UN estimates that 500 million people will be speaking Portuguese in the world.

"In the last 10 years, for example, we passed from three universities in China offering Portuguese, to 40 universities.

"It is increasing in many continents, including Latin and South America; it is also increasing in the east coast of Africa and southern Africa in countries like Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe. …

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