6 Long term literacy programs are in place: The Dawro, Gofa, Guji and Maale projects in Ethiopia; and the Sena and Lambya projects in Malawi. Read more about these in Locations on this website.
We work with language communities to plan and initiate mother-tongue literacy programs alongside Bible translation. Many languages we work in have never had a writing system. Based on their sound system, a writing system is developed, usually using the alphabet of the state language as the basis.
We provide training and workshops to participants in how to set up, implement and run literacy programs in their communities. We emphasize community ownership. This includes helping them to develop the primers needed to teach reading and writing to the illiterate and the semi-literate, which can be used for both adults and children.
A coordinator is chosen from within the community to head up the work. A literacy committee is established in each community and literacy teachers are trained to promote mother-tongue literacy in the community.