Literacy and Education

Literacy and education in SIL distinctively focuses on developing programs in lesser-known and endangered languages and emphasizes using the mother tongue as the gateway to basic literacy. SIL's vision for language programs is to see literacy become a sustainable community value with the ownership of literacy goals and activities in the hands of the people.


Issues in Literacy

Issues in Literacy
Compelling global literacy issues include: illiteracy's staggering statistics, education of marginalized minorities, language of instruction, language preservation, poverty, women's education, and alphabets for previously unwritten languages.

Multilingual Education Programs

Multilingual Education Programs
Certain contexts may require developing multilingual programs to promote literacy in the first language and also provide access to a language of wider communication. Other contexts require a transition from national language literacy to local language literacy.

Mother Tongue Literacy Programs

Mother Tongue Literacy Programs
SIL fieldworkers partner with community members to develop programs that train local literacy workers and promote the mother tongue in formal and informal education settings.