Local Language Literacy?
Literacy is the ability to understand, create and communicate using written language. UNESCO defines literacy as “a continuum of learning that enables individuals to achieve their goals, to develop their knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in their community and wider society.” In the age of technology, literacy skills also include the ability to exchange information through digital and electronic forms.
Establishing Successful Literacy Programs
Why Does it Matter?
Literacy and education go hand in hand. From something as simple as reading a road sign to the complexity of operating a successful business, literacy is fundamental to learning, understanding, and flourishing. As communities gain access to critical information, opportunities emerge for growth in health, economy and civil society.
Lack of information and illiteracy create a forced dependence on others, which can lead to:
- Economic Instability
- Poor quality of health
- Vulnerability to deception, exploitation, and abuse
- Lack of self-worth and loss of cultural identity
ILAD believes that local language literacy programs offer a strong foundation for cognitive development, academic achievement and economic progress in the majority culture, while also validating the inherent value of these communities. Through community-based literacy initiatives, ILAD contributes to human flourishing by developing and providing access to diverse language resources. ILAD partners to:
- Create alphabets for unwritten languages
- Produce resources for education and literacy in oral, visual, written, and digital forms
- Conduct trainings for local teachers
- Coordinate translation of critical information into local languages
- Document local folklore and history