Literacy and Education


SIL works with local communities, government and non-government agencies and national institutions to establish mother tongue-based literacy and Multilingual education programs for children, youth and adults who speak non-dominant languages.

Speakers of non-dominant languages constitute just eight percent of the total world population but over forty percent of those classified as non-literate.     

SIL members encourage and support sustainable, community-centered literacy and education programs that enable speakers of non-dominant languages to achieve their educational goals using a language (or languages) they speak and understand. 

Use the links below to learn more about what SIL has to offer in literacy and education, and to download resources.

Learning to Read and Write

Reading Materials

Resources for Text Development

Multilingual Education (MLE)

Advocacy Materials (for Literacy)

Publishing and Printing