I’ll be speaking at the GIAL forum next Tuesday, September 22. It’s open to the public so if you happen to be in the Dallas, TX, USA area that day, please come by! Here’s the abstract…
Shellbook Localization and Integral Human Development:
Empowering Communities to Create Their Own Teaching & Learning Materials
In October, World Vision will launch a “Shellbook Resource Adaptation Prototype”. The ultimate goal is to empower communities in each of their Area Development Programmes, worldwide, to create their own teaching and learning materials. The prototype will use the Shellbook knowledge sharing “resource” model and Shellbook technology to fully empower communities to participate in this process.
The reasoning for this approach is simple:
- Development is not sustainable unless communities participate in the process.
- Participation must be in the language and cultural perspective of the participants.
- Therefore, sustainable development is best achieved through a participatory process in which communities are involved in the creation of their own teaching and learning materials.
A “shell” is a principled framework in which expert information is provided to communities as a resource rather than as a finished product. Within this framework, communities are empowered to apply all of their own knowledge and cultural expertise to create the finished product(s) in their own language, for their own use.
Mike Trainum Bio
After graduate studies at the University of North Dakota and the International Linguistic Center, Mike Trainum and wife Donna served with SIL in Papua New Guinea from 1984-95. They developed the “shell” book method during their village program among the Qoqwaiyeqwase people in 1989. The method was adopted for the PNG Elementary (K-2) Reform during which materials were produced in 435 languages– and by thousands of communities within those languages– between 1993-2003.
In 1996 Mike started the Foundation for Indigenous Languages to promote the Shellbook localization method internationally. In 2002 he founded Shellbook Publishing Systems, LLC to develop technology required for the efficient management of publications localized by diverse social networks in thousands of language communities. In 2009, the Trainum’s established the Life Access Technology Trust to ensure “access to life-crucial information among communities worldwide in the language that serves them best.”