Interest in Portuguese language grows significantly in Namibia

January 25, 2016

The number of students attending Portuguese classes in Namibia has grown significantly, after the agreement signed between the Portuguese and the Namibian Governments.

Angelina Costa, deputy-coordinator of the Portuguese Institute for Cooperation and Language in Namibia, told Lusa News Agency that "we can see there is an increased interest in the Portuguese language in Namibia. When we signed the memorandum of understanding, we started with roughly 280 students and now we have 1 800".

The Portuguese language in Namibia has taken a leading role, due to the geographical location of the country, particularly the proximity to Angola. Namibia is also an observer member of the Portuguese-Speaking Countries Community (CPLP), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU), where Portuguese is one of the official languages. ??

"We have a Portuguese Language Center at the University of Namibia, with two readers. The annual average number of students is of about 150. This Center is the largest one in Namibia University", said Angelina Costa.

Source: Translated from Notícias ao Minuto