• 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.
The Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee (TLRC)
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Monday, 11 August 2008 05:19
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The Sentinel English Language Institute is very glad to be supporting the Sierra Leone PEN Centre in developing its Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee (TLRC).  International PEN maintains its own umbrella TLRC, and supports PEN Centres worldwide in establishing and growing TLRCs relevant to their local settings.

Ways that SELI is supporting, or plans to support the TLRC are by hosting meetings, conducting writing workshops and facilitator-training workshops, being an advocate for linguistic rights, notifying the public of available resources, and producing brochures or newsletters.  SELI advocates for mother language programs, which is one of the aims of the TLRC, in this article .

TLRCs recommend which needs described in the 52 articles of the International Declaration of Linguistic Rights their country's Centre should address.  We are pleased to see that the the tasks Sierra Leone's TLRC is looking forward to accomplishing are highlighted in the simplified form of the Universal Declaration, the new Girona Manifesto, which lays out the ten central principles of the Universal Declaration.

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