The Incremental Introduction of African Languages (IIAL) is a priority programme aimed at facilitating social cohesion. Since linguistic inclusiveness is espoused in the South African Constitution and the National Development Plan, IIAL is intended to promote and develop South Africa’s previously marginalised African languages in schools.

IIAL is a strategy aimed at introducing previously marginalised official languages in all the schools that are currently not offering any African language, other than Afrikaans.

The Department of Basic Education has indicated that the period 2017 to 2019 should be used by schools that currently do not offer an African language, other than Afrikaans, to introduce a previously marginalised African language.

The ISASA Policy Unit has prepared an updated memorandum on IIAL, which is available for download:


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African Languages Update Feb 2017
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