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(February 2017) SIL has just published, in print and online, the 2016 SIL Annual Update, featuring articles that relate to Language for Life. It is available in both English and French. This year’s online edition features a responsive electronic format viewable on mobile devices.
Executive Director Michel Kenmogne begins the update by writing about what it was like to begin his education as a child in a language he did not understand.
Because of my experience, I’ve pondered over the years how education can truly become an enjoyable empowerment for children rather than just a painful ordeal….Examples from around the world convincingly prove that sustainable development happens when the linguistic and cultural heritage of peoples is treated as an enabler rather than an obstacle to development.
The Update features activities conducted in partnership with language communities around the world.
Language and the Sustainable Development Goals
Language and Individual Wellbeing
Languages and Education
Language and Community Vitality
Language and Dignity
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Check out the 2016 Annual Update to read these stories.