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
Perhaps the most important predictor of successful education and/or development programs in non-dominant language communities is the community members’ ability to plan, implement, manage, and maintain their program so that it achieves their short- and long-term goals. One of the most valuable contributions that supporting partners can contribute to such programs is to work with stakeholders (community members and partners) as they develop the ability to take and maintain effective ownership of all parts of their program and to interact effectively with the range of government and other institutions that need to understand and support the program.
SIL provides technical input and support for training-as-capacity-building for local communities and /or government and non-government agencies who are engaged in literacy, education and development programs in non-dominant language communities. SIL’s training focuses on the knowledge and skills related to sustainable programs: preliminary research, program planning, awareness-raising and advocacy, orthography development, materials development, classroom teaching, and monitoring and evaluation. A particular focus for SIL is on training-of-trainers in each of these areas. The goal is that these leaders will have the competence, confidence, creativity and commitment to continue and strengthen training programs and the credibility for their contributions to be valued by the local communities and other stakeholders.
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