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.
7,097 languages are spoken or signed. CLICK for map of world languages & regional websites.
SIL's dedication to language development past and present
SIL works with local communities, government and non-government agencies and national institutions to establish mother tongue-based literacy and multilingual education programs for children, youth and adults who speak non-dominant languages.
Members of non-dominant language communities are frequently marginalized socially, politically, economically and educationally.
Speakers of non-dominant languages constitute just eight percent of the total world population but over forty percent of those classified as non-literate.
SIL members encourage and support sustainable, community-centered literacy and education programs that enable speakers of non-dominant languages to achieve their educational goals using a language (or languages) they speak and understand.
See What We Do for more information on the work of SIL in Literacy and Education
UNESCO's International Literacy Day, September 8th, 2017International Literacy Day Quiz
Learn about global literacy and SIL's involvement.