World youths have been challenged to develop the culture of learning different languages to brighten their employment chances.
Chief Guest at the International Festival of Language and Culture (IFLC) held in Dar es Salaam, retired Tanzania Vice-President, Dr. Mohamed Bilal, said deriving from big employment challenges facing the youth, the multi-linguist commands more market value.
“It is a great honour for Tanzania to play host to such a festival attracting representatives from 30 different countries. Let me take this chance to advise all countries to continue using this occasion as a means for building unity and solidarity to make this world a better place to live.”
“This is also an opportunity for our country to further improve relations with other nations – something that will make the participating youths stand as our good ambassadors through the language and culture,” said Dr. Bilal.
The world is currently going through political tensions brewed by various conflicts, the reason for which different leaders must use the festival to pursue co-operation and unity.
“For Tanzania which is vying for a middle income economy status by 2025, it remains clear that these youths would serve as a bridge for enhancing integrated economic development through acquiring new know knowledge about other countries.”
The festival was also aimed at promoting the Kiswahili language which is widely spoken in East and Central Africa.
Kilimanjaro Dialogue Institute (KDI) President, Ali Akkiz, revealed that the festival the youth from 30 countries on the continent of Africa, Asia, North and South America, Western and Eastern Europe. Each country is represented by one student and teacher.
The participants also had chance to visit orphanage centres, besides touring tourism attraction sites.