Minneapolis South High offers Somali language, culture classes

Minneapolis Public Schools have implemented two Somali classes — one that focuses on language and the other on culture, and the program is turning out to be quite popular, with nearly 60 students signing up for them. Perhaps that’s not surprising, as more than 2,800 MPS students speak the language at home, according to an MPS press release.“The community has been asking for this,” said Minneapolis School Board member Hussein Samatar, who was instrumental in bringing the Somali classes to South. “The community and the parents want it,” he said. “It’s not my idea. It comes from the parents.”Samatar began preliminary steps to realize the Somali language classes in 2011. Continue Reading