Communities developing resources and competencies for using their languages
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SIL's dedication to language development past and present
Language is fundamental to one's identity and to a sense of community and personal value.
Olokolas Sisim, of the Pamosu language community, is such a man. With the help of his community, and SIL workers Liaw Yong Lam and Chai Sheau Jiuang, Olokolas started a prep class with thirty children.
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In Guduba village, millet and sheep bring opportunities for mother-tongue literacy.READ MORE >>
The vision of this teacher, author and language development practitioner is to keep his language in active use and to keep the community’s cultural traditions alive for future generations.READ MORE >>
Teachers-in-training discuss problems of the lack of textbooks in the children's language and learn how they can develop their own materials.
HELPS International - an NGO working in Guatemala and indigenous Ixil educators requested some specialized training from SIL International Literacy and Education Consultants.
The ability to read and write in the Nadëb language and the national language has resulted in growth of self esteem. They are now better equipped to address individual and community goals.
In the Solomon Islands, literacy opportunities are expanding thanks to the hard work of Priscilla Maeniuta and the Literacy Association of Solomon Islands.
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Most Deaf children around the world are born to hearing parents who often do not learn any sign language. In Papua New Guinea that situation is no different