Communities developing resources and competencies for using their languages
Foundational understanding for language development work of all kinds
Publications, fonts and computer tools for language development, translation and research
SIL offers training in disciplines relevant to sustainable language development.
7,105 languages are spoken or signed. CLICK for map of world languages & regional websites.
SIL's dedication to language development past and present
The other organizations are UNESCO, Research Institute of Languages and Cultures of Asia (RILCA), UNICEF, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), CARE, Save the Children, Royal Thai Institute, ASEAN Regional Center of Excellence on Millennium Development Goals and Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education.
Languages are more than tools for communication. They help shape the identity of individuals and groups, as well as being a key element in social integration and cultural development. Languages are also strategically important for attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Education for All (EFA).
Despite aggregate gains worldwide in achieving the MDGs and EFA, the rate of development for the world’s ethnolinguistic minorities continues to lag. They are at risk for even greater disparities that hinder efforts to overcome poverty, illiteracy, disease, and the likelihood of conflict arising from exclusion.
This conference will provide a forum to enhance understanding, inspire meaningful action and increase access to education and development opportunities for ethnolinguistic communities, through:
The Organizing Committee invites submission of papers and perspectives that highlight relevant local, national or comparative research and practice in the following thematic areas of the conference. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 July. Registration will open this month.