Literacy in SIL

The Scope of SIL Literacy Work

Since 1935 SIL has been pioneering the study, development, and documentation of minority languages. A sense of the scope of this 50+ year effort is reflected in the following statistics:

The statistics reflect only one dimension of SIL's contribution. Beyond its work in grassroots human development, SIL has also sought to foster, in the countries where it is appropriate, constructive national policies towards the minorities. In numerous instances, the result has been the adoption of supportive policies favoring minority people regarding literacy, education, and language development. Furthermore, as a consulting member to UNESCO, SIL contributes internationally to a better understanding of the dimensions of minority language literacy.

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