SIL International Media Release
SIL Signs Five-Year Agreement with Indonesian Ministry of Home Affairs
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.
Other links of interest
- “Preserving intangible cultural heritage in Indonesia” a paper presented at the Conference on Language Development, Language Revitalization and Multilingual Education in Minority Communities in Asia.
- Communities Working Together: The Papuan Project, a powerful testimony to the communities' determination to improve their quality of life through reading.
- SIL publications on the languages of Indonesia