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
(May 2009) At the invitation of the Senegalese government, SIL has served the peoples of Senegal through language development for 25 years. The partnership between the people of Senegal and SIL was celebrated on 30 April through 3 May in Dakar.
Among those attending the formal ceremony on 30 April were the President of the Senegalese Academy of National Languages and representatives from the university, Ministry of Education, and Directorate of Literacy and National Languages. Representatives from various educational institutions and nongovernmental organizations attended events, including an open house following the formal ceremony at SIL's Dakar office. The anniversary celebrations closed on 3 May with a thanksgiving service.
Language statistics and contributions of SIL in Senegal
The core of SIL's service focuses on language development, linguistic research, literacy and translation. Other areas of expertise in which SIL is involved include non-print media and ethnomusicology. SIL is also joining with others to develop a fresh initiative towards a mother-tongue-based multilingual education strategy for Senegal.SIL International and language development
SIL works alongside ethnolinguistic communities whose voices are often not heard, by facilitating language development through research, training and advocacy. SIL is committed to ongoing training to further develop competency within those communities. SIL provides consultant help to develop the capacity of community educators and national program designers to create effective multilingual education programs.