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SIL Signs Five-Year Agreement with Indonesian Ministry of Home Affairs

Dr. Nuryanto, MPA, Ministry of Home Affairs, and Mr. Greg Gammon, SIL International– Indonesia, sign an agreement extending their partnership on behalf of minority language communities in Indonesia to June 2010.

JAKARTA, INDONESIA (June 24, 2005) The Indonesian Ministry of Home Affairs (DEPDAGRI) and representatives of SIL International-Indonesia signed a Memorandum of Understanding today, extending the partnership of the two organizations for another five years.

The Indonesian branch of SIL International has enjoyed a productive partnership with the Director General’s Office of Village and Community Empowerment for ten years. The current Memorandum of Understanding will replace a five-year contract that expired last month and will continue through June 2010.

Together, DEPDAGRI and SIL have enabled language development programs to succeed in five provinces across the archipelago, including: Maluku, Nusa Tenggara Timor (NTT), Papua, and Southeast Sulawesi. In response to the recent devastation caused by a tsunami and earthquake, DEPDAGRI and SIL are also collaborating to provide disaster relief for residents of Nias Island, a small island off the coast of Sumatra.

With over 700 different languages, Indonesia is one of the most linguistically rich countries in the world, yet speakers of minority languages must overcome significant hurdles to improve their quality of life. SIL linguists, literacy workers and community development specialists empower local communities to overcome these hurdles to preserve their language and culture, attain educational and economic opportunities and integrate effectively with their neighbors.

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