25 years in Chad


  • Twenty-five years of partnership with Chad’s language communities

    At the 25th anniversary celebration for SIL Chad, Dr. Michel Kenmogne spoke of the partnerships which have enabled progress in language development: “one single hand cannot break open a cola nut.”
    (May 2015) A recent celebration marked the 25th anniversary of SIL’s work in the African nation of Chad, where more than 125 languages are actively spoken. The ceremony was attended by representatives of local language communities, several government agencies, the University of N’djamena, church partners, other NGOs and civil society organizations.
    I rejoice in all the accomplishments in the development of Chadian languages…the result of a fruitful collaboration with the Chadian state, national church organizations and other non-governmental institutions. Today we celebrate the proverbial truth that ‘one single hand cannot break open a cola nut.’

    This celebration of twenty-five years should drive the different stakeholders to build on the foundation created by many partners to…reaffirm with courage the right of each person to speak the language most natural for him to attain his sense of personal dignity…However, this quest should never be done in a spirit of excluding others, but rather in the spirit of the fundamental law of Chad which promotes ethnicity while prohibiting ethnicism.
    —Dr. Michel Kenmogne, SIL International Executive Director Designate

    It is an immense joy to give a sincere testimony regarding the partnership between the Federation of Associations for the Promotion of Guera Languages (FAPLG) and SIL Chad. SIL helped FAPLG be born and grow up in the difficult Guera region. FAPLG was created in 2001, so it is now a true adolescent at fourteen years of age…SIL helped us plant a nursery of twenty-five “mango plants” (language associations). SIL helped us plant them, water and maintain them. We have now reached the stage of harvesting mangoes from around fifteen mango trees, and the fruit is very succulent.
    —Mr. Adjbane Akouna Djimet, Vice President of the Federation of Associations for the Promotion of Guera Languages (FAPLG)
       
    Left: FAPLG Vice President Mr. Adjbane Akouna Djimet (right) presents a painting of a language map of Chad’s Guera region to Mr. Larry Burke (left), General Director of SIL Chad; Right: Burke converses with Mr. Ahidjo Abraham (center), General Director of Literacy and Non-formal Education for the Ministry of Educationand Mr. Padeu Dakouli (right), Director of Administration and Finance for SIL Chad.
    Around the world, SIL partners with communities wanting to use their language in new ways to meet changing needs. In December 1989, SIL signed an agreement with the Chadian government to assist in language development with the country’s language communities. SIL staff have been involved with efforts to develop writing systems for previously unwritten languages and publish local language materials (reading and math resources, Scripture translations, traditional local stories and booklets on health-related matters and other topics of interest). In partnership with government agencies and other NGOs, SIL has provided training for mother-tongue literacy and other aspects of language development.

    The staff of SIL Chad
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Author: jimjudywycliffejourney

Jim and Judy have been with Wycliffe since 1984. They have served in aviation maintenance/management, motorcycle training, recruitment, and facilities maintenance in the US and Africa. They have recently been assigned to a new role in the America's Area, North Region, Scripture Access services team. They will be crisscrossing the USA in a very strategic method making face to face encounters with churches, ministries, Native American communities, Diaspora communities, refugee aid organizations, and individuals, introducing them to www.scriptureearth.org. Through this website, non-English speakers can access scriptures and other resources in their mother tongue language. Would you consider becoming a part of their Wycliffe ministry partnership team? You can join their prayer or financial team by clicking on https://www.wycliffe.org/partner/JimandJudyMcCabe

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