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School of Kiswahili for All (SKIFA)


There is no doubt that the best and rapid way of learning Kiswahili is to study at the SKIFA. The school introduces the unique program of Swahili Language Learning for Foreigners courses in Dodoma region. SKIFA, as an acronym, stands for ‘School of Kiswahili for All’. The school is the private center owned by Africa Inland Church Tanzania (A.I.C.T) Kizota. Carrying out of various educational instructive activities such as teaching Kiswahili for all is among of the specific objective of this center. The school intends to accommodate people who visit Tanzania for different social, political, and economic issues (Education, Tourism, Diplomacy, Investment, etc). It aims to encourage progress for individual person by providing skills to communicate in Kiswahili.


Many people face communication challenges when they come in Tanzania. This is due to the fact that, in Tanzania, Kiswahili is the national language that is used in social, political and economic activities. Thus, there is a need of establishing SKIFA to overcome these challenges they face.

The new SKIFA has been established to coordinate Kiswahili programs for foreigners in Dodoma. The school has qualified Kiswahili teachers and conducive learning environment. With these criteria, therefore, SKIFA is the best place where Kiswahili programs for all can be successfully offered. The school will focus on teaching Swahili language skills and its culture (Swahili culture) to all people. And to make the center the premier center for Kiswahili language studies for people in Tanzania

General Objective

To teach Swahili language skills and its culture to people in Tanzania.

Specific Objectives

i. To teach Kiswahili to people intended to work in Tanzania and other countries where Kiswahili is used

ii. To promote and spread Kiswahili within and outside the country

iii. To expand Tanzanian culture and its prestige

iv. To create good relation between the people and the indigenous

v. To make expeditions more easy and comfortable to foreigners

vi. To cooperate with other Institutions sharing similar objectives and functions within and outside the country

Target Group/ Beneficiaries

i) Workers ii) Tourists iii) Students iii) Traders and Investors iv) Ambassadors and Diplomats v) Missionaries vi) Doctors vii) Translators and researchers.

Visits to Educational/Historical Sites

There will be visits to different places which are arranged by the center after a request from students who pay for the trips. The expenses will be reasonable. Students will be accompanied by their teachers in these visits. The visits shall be structured to be very pleasant and that will provide lots of fun and they will be also a good way of practicing Kiswahili.

Teaching Staff

All our teachers are native Swahili speakers who have got a long time experience. Most of them have taught Kiswahili to foreigners for a number of years. Our teachers are very dedicated and have got a perfect knowledge of the language and culture. They are willing to share their knowledge of Kiswahili and culture to foreigners and outside the classroom.


Please join others in coming to the SKIFA and take a course. Please send your colleagues to the SKIFA and they will always have the memories of Dodoma and the SKIFA.

Courses Available

The center conducts the following courses for foreigners:

1. The Beginners course 2. The Intermediate course

3. The Advanced course 4. Kiswahili Intensive Courses: such as Kiswahili for Tourists

Course Description

All admitted students undergo a benchmarking test to determine the course and the levels which are most suitable for them. Descriptions of the courses are as follows:

Beginners Course: Kiswahili Beginner (KB)

The beginners’ course is intended for those who do not have any knowledge of Kiswahili or who have little knowledge of speaking and understanding oral Kiswahili. The course begins with elementary lessons such as greetings and self introduction and finishes up with lessons of self expression in everyday life e.g. at grocery stores, at bank, at post office, making telephone calls etc. After completing the course satisfactorily a student will have no problem in a day to day simple conversation. A student is advised to devote a period of at least six weeks for the course if a meaningful learning is to take place. There are course books for the course titled 'Zungumza Kiswahili: Hatua ya Kwanza' Or ‘Swahili Book for Beginners’ Or ‘Colloquial Swahili: The Complete Course for Beginners’

The Intermediate Course: Kiswahili Intermediate (KI)

The Intermediate Course is taken by those students who have a fair previous knowledge of Kiswahili. Such students may be those who have completed the beginners’ course at the Institute or those who have learnt Kiswahili somewhere else before coming to the Institute. After completing the course the students will be able to do among other things: i) write short notes - personal and official ii) read Kiswahili newspapers, stories, novels and understand Kiswahili radio and television news with ease iii) prepare and write short functional speeches. This course is recommended for foreigners who would like to work in any Kiswahili speaking country. The time recommended for this course is at least four weeks. This course also goes with a course book for the course titled 'Zungumza Kiswahili - Hatua ya Pili'.

The Advanced Course: Kiswahili Advanced (KA)

The Advanced Course is intended for advanced students. This level is suitable for researchers, trainers, extension workers etc. Students who complete this stage will be able to speak Kiswahili more fluently than before. The time proposed for this course is at least three weeks. The course goes with a self-contained text book titled ‘Zungumza Kiswahili - Hatua ya Tatu’.

Kiswahili Intensive Courses (KIC)

This is only a one-week course that is provided for foreigners with different purposes such as tourists who visit various historical and significant places for few days. It is intended to help them to communication with local people. We provide the basic language needed for greetings, buying, bargaining and asking directions.


Total Hours
Beginners Course 10 hours a week 60 hours 6weeks
Intermediate Course 10 hours a week 40 hours 4 weeks
Advanced Course 10 hours a week 30 hours 3 weeks


At the end of the course SKIFA will present you with: An Attendance Certificate, specifying the type of course you have taken and the number of hours attended.

For more Contact:

The Coordinator of SKIFA,
Phone Number: +255757192216 or 255683837357
Dodoma -Tanzania
Area/Venue: AIC (T) Church Buildings - Dodoma
Location/Directions: Nearby City Secondary School
E-mail Address: or

“Something said in one language can be said in another language”
'' If you want to be a Swahili speaker this is the Course to join!''
Don’t Plan to miss.
Karibuni Sana