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.
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SIL's dedication to language development past and present
(April 2009) At the invitation of the Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation (MINRESI), SIL has served the peoples of Cameroon through language development for 40 years. The partnership between the people of Cameroon and SIL was celebrated on 24 April in Yaoundé with the theme, "Connecting People through Language." Four individual ceremonies addressed partnerships with Rainforest International School, partnering organizations, friends and SIL staff.
SIL Cameroon's 2008 Annual Report was unveiled to an assembly of 150 government officials, diplomats, and administrative authorities. Attendees included:
Milestones of SIL's work in Cameroon
Above: Dignitaries view materials printed in local languages; visitors view photos and alphabets from local languages.
SIL currently provides linguistic consultation to many of the 286 language groups in Cameroon. During its 40-year history, more than 125 language communities have been served.
SIL's linguistics library in Cameroon provides over 20,000 volumes which are available to the community. Although the library is not a public library, SIL encourages both researchers and the general public to reference the collections.
SIL Cameroon has published hundreds of documents: phonologies, grammars, dictionaries, locally-authored literature and translated materials in dozens of Cameroonian languages. Many can be downloaded free of charge.
SIL International as a partnering organization
SIL's field linguists serve ethnolinguistic communities by working in partnership with them and with local organizations to collect, analyze, organize and publish language and culture data.
Strategic partnerships between SIL, national governments, nongovernmental organizations and academic institutions create a network of expertise and resources to equip members of local language communities for leadership roles in their own language development efforts.
As an international nongovernmental organization, SIL has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and formal consultative relations with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
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