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Literacy seminar on capacity building in Togo

Language development is a series of ongoing planned actions that a language community takes to ensure that their language continues to serve their changing social, cultural, political, economic and spiritual needs and goals. Language development is a series of ongoing planned actions that a language community takes to ensure that their language continues to serve their changing social, cultural, political, economic and spiritual needs and goals.

(October 2009) Twelve local language-development associations sent five representatives each to a training seminar in Kara, Togo, 26–29 October. Capacity building seminar for local associations involved in language development was designed for literacy program coordinators, supervisors and administrators. Experienced SIL literacy personnel presented lectures and led discussions structured around practical participatory activities and small group discussions.

Eleven language groups already had developed mother-tongue literacy materials and an on-going literacy program. In the last several months, a Togolese capacity-building expert spent two weeks each with representatives of most of these associations, developing a common basis of knowledge about the organization and management of an association.

This group seminar discussed how participants from the language groups could encourage the existing local desire for language development, literature production and mother-tongue literacy. Discussions also focused on ways to build upon their vision by spreading mother-tongue literacy and education.

Motivation and vision

The topics of motivation and vision addressed the values and aspirations of these local associations in wanting to develop their languages.

One activity used concentric circles to discuss the desired changes or outcomes of language development and literacy work, first at home, next in the community, then within their ethnic group and finally at the regional and national levels.

Sharing of the vision

Direction, management and finances

The direction and management topic looked at the essential components of a literacy program.

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