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 U.S.
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.