Nadeb Bilingual Classroom

Nadëb classroomIn 1998 the Nadëb-speaking people of Brazil were mostly monolingual. Seven villagers had some ability to read their own language, and only one person knew how to read and write Portuguese, the national language. In response to the community’s desire to read and write, an SIL worker offered literacy classes. Thirty-two people showed up for the first class. Eventually eight adults pursued teacher training. Now all eight teachers are working in bilingual schools in their respective villages.

Nadëb student

The local schools initially begin instruction in the mother tongue, Nadëb. After the students learn to read and write in their own language, they take transition courses, followed by instruction in Portuguese. Today all of the Nadëb children attend bilingual schools. In addition, the Nadëb have constructed a building dedicated to producing and printing literacy materials.


Nadëb bilingual classroom
Many adults now are also literate. Due to local leadership and teachers, the Nadëb people are now literate. The ability to read and write in both their local language and the national language has resulted in growth of self esteem. They now are better equipped to address individual and community goals.