• We all have the right to write. Anything we can say, we can write.
  • We all can write well if we are emotionally involved in our topic and our purpose. We find our voices there. Writing is learning and discovering. It develops best in real-life situations, with the instructor intervening in the writing process.
  • We learn to read by having written. We learn from our experiences, including experiences with oral and written texts. We should expose ourselves to many texts, and often do free-choice reading.
  • We learn best in collaborative, diverse, and supportive communities. We all learn in our own ways, and our home cultures affect how we interpret our experiences.
  • Moving through the writing process can produce powerful writing. We gain more ownership over our writing if we master the writing process.
  • Writing is a strong tool for developing critical thinking. Challenging our thinking as we write in collaborative settings, develops academic language proficiency.
  • We teach equitably:  not less, but more to the poor. We recognize our children's home communities and ancestral cultures as our educational partners.
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SELI supports heritage-language writing in Sierra Leone. We would like to see more people regarding themselves as people who can write. Anyone can become an author, with collaborative support. Everyone has stories to tell, and many of these stories come from the home turf. We also believe that academic writing skills authors use in English (such as paragraphing, and moving back and forth between narrative and dialogue) can transfer over into any other language the author speaks well.

Include every language, however few the speakers. Although it is not a prerequisite to writing, many adult literate Sierra Leoneans who would like to write in their own languages would like help with spelling, or orthography. We should all have the opportunity to become literate in our own languages. That is why SELI maintains a database called the Writing Tutor Registry as part of the Heritage Writers project. The Registry is contact information for people who are willing to serve as literacy tutors in specific languages in Sierra Leone. Some are qualified teachers; others may not be. SELI would like this database to include at least one tutor for every language in Sierra Leone. It now contains the information for tutors for only six languages. If you would like to be added to the Registry, please contact the director at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Last Updated on Saturday, 24 March 2012 10:52
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