HAPPY WORLD REFUGEE DAY

HAPPY WORLD REFUGEE DAY

It might seem clueless to wish someone a “happy world refugee day.” After all, a refugee is someone who’s been forced flee their country to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster. The very definition of the word implies some form of tragedy. But whether or not the tragedy a person faces is manmade or not, a refugee is someone who has survived. As both the Roman statesman Cicero and the Bible* are quoted as saying, “Where there is life, there is hope.” And nowhere is that hope more evident than with children.

On World Refugee Day, our hearts and minds turn to child refugees…

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Imagine a World Without English

Imagine a World Without English

Imagine if all the English-speaking children you knew suddenly shifted to Esperanto and you knew without a doubt that once they grew up, the English language would disappear from the world forever. Sure, there’d be a written record. There’d be novels, encyclopedias, and history books (and movies!). But if nobody was speaking and using English, all of that accumulated material would quickly become the province of a small group of academics.

Of the over seven thousand languages spoken in the world today, one thousand, three hundred and ninety-three are not being passed on to new generations and will soon be lost. The words, history, and much of the culture of around eleven point seven million people… gone.

Just let that sink in for a moment…

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Love Brings Her Back: A Rural Kenyan Farm Girl's Journey to Academia

Love Brings Her Back: A Rural Kenyan Farm Girl's Journey to Academia

When SIL LEAD board member Dr. Margaret Jepkirui Muthwii is asked if she grew up having to help out on the family farm in rural Kenya, or if instead she was expected to focus on her studies, she laughs (she does that a lot).

Margaret says that she and her eight siblings were expected to keep up with their studies, but there was no question about whether or not they’d help out on the farm. “We didn’t talk about it. We didn’t argue about it,” Margaret says, “We just woke up and there was a schedule…”

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Identity Politics Done Right

Identity Politics Done Right

Many of us have never heard of the exotic-sounding Quetzaltenango, a city in the mountains of Guatemala where cultures new and old meet to create a vibrant whole. But back in February of this year, SIL LEAD executive director Paul Frank traveled there to lead a series of workshops that would help spread Bloom software throughout the country, and contribute to the conservation of not just the Mam and K’iche languages, but entire ways of life. ..

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An Inevitable Vocation

An Inevitable Vocation

When Dr. Kreeft Peyton attended her first-ever SIL LEAD board meeting in 2011, the board members went around the room to say why they were excited to be serving on the board. She went first (“Unfortunately—you know how that goes, since you can’t hear what everyone else has said and adjust”), and she said, “I am so excited to be here because I love language. I am passionate about language. I think about language in every situation that I am in.”

“It’s like the Georgetown University Linguistics Department t-shirt,” she continued, recounting her alma mater: “Analyzing your every utterance since 1949.” She laughed, remembering both the t-shirt and her slight embarrassment at everyone else’s (to her) more noble-sounding reasons for serving on the SIL LEAD board…

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The Exponential Power of Teaching

The Exponential Power of Teaching

Thinking about exponential growth is enough to get anyone’s head spinning. But exponential growth isn’t just a brain-busting mathematical concept. When your goal is to give people the skills to train others, it can be an exciting possibility.

Double anything once, you end up with two. Use exponential math and double something ten times, however, and you’ve got yourself a massive exponential increase… which is just the kind of result we hoped for when we sent SIL LEAD executive director and Bloom Master Trainer Paul Frank to the “Enabling Writers: Bloom Software Training of Trainers Workshop” last month…

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SIL LEAD is Announced as Winner of the Book Boost Challenge!

SIL LEAD is Announced as Winner of the Book Boost Challenge!

Do you like to read?

The World Health Organization estimates that there are thirty-nine million people in the world who are blind, and two hundred forty six million who have low vision. That is a lot of people who must rely on other gifts as they explore and interact with the world. Just imagine, for a moment, that you are one of that two hundred forty-six million people for whom accessing the information and ideas that can be found in books often requires extra effort...

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