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Seventeen goals and 169 targets were adopted at the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly to be achieved by 2030.  SIL views local language development as essential to achieve these goals.
Primary education programs that begin in the mother tongue help students gain literacy and numeracy skills more quickly. When taught in their local language, students readily transfer literacy skills to official languages of education, acquiring…
Nearly two-thirds of the world's 875 million illiterate people are women. In ethnolinguistic communities, boys are often encouraged to interact with others in languages of wider communication. Girls, however, are typically expected to stay close…