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(March 2017) The 61st Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) was held in Atlanta, USA from 5-9 March. This year’s event offered 600+ sessions and attracted over 3000 participants from more than 100 countries. As the world’s largest conference focusing on educational development, CIES brings together policy makers, education development agencies, education specialists, graduate students, researchers and professors from across the world.
The theme of the 2017 CIES conference was “Problematizing (In)Equality: The Promise of Comparative and International Education,” a theme particularly relevant to SIL International’s work with marginalised non-dominant language communities.
Several of SIL’s language specialists contributed in the planning of the conference, chaired sessions and presented research focused on facilitating more effective implementation of language and education initiatives for non-dominant language communities.
Despite its size, complexity, depth and breadth CIES remains a friendly place for enriching scholarly and professional engagement – in considerable part due to its many Special Interest Groups (SIGs) which are geographically/regionally or thematically organized. Dr. Barbara Trudell chairs the Global Literacy SIG while Dr. Kimmo Kosonen serves as an advisor to the Language Issues SIG.
SIL serves language communities worldwide, building their capacity for sustainable language development, by means of research, translation, training and materials development. SIL has been an official NGO partner with UNESCO since 1993 and has had special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 1997 and is a founding member of Maaya, the World Network for Linguistic Diversity.