Literacy is a critical element of language preservation and cultural dignity for minority groups. In this country a number of language groups have low literacy levels. They are politically powerless and struggle to maintain their identity as they live alongside the dominant majority culture. A local NGO with links to Wycliffe has developed literacy materials covering topics such as health and relationships which will help these communities thrive. Beginning with two local communities where we have existing relationships, this project will enable students as well as future teachers to receive training in the use of these literacy materials.
Update Nov 2018
Solid progress has been made in both language groups in their first year. A survey was conducted to better understand the language needs of the communities. This was then followed by events organised to increase understanding of local language, discussion about orthography, and training of literacy leaders. One group has already progressed to the production of the first round of materials. The other group is still wrestling with the issue of which writing script to use. Once again, this needs to be an ongoing program to be effective and we hope to continue our support in 2019.
This is a multi year project
Please note that all donations are processed by Wycliffe Bible Translators Australia.
If we receive extra funds, this will go towards next year’s target.