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26 September 2020
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
A volunteer organization is helping to address a language barrier as it pertains to COVID-19 by translating and distributing public health information in the native languages of tribes. Although this is not as simple ...
21 June 2020
The Almajiranci system has been criticized for not integrating Western education and English lessons. To solve the issue, Malam Na’ibi, who owns an Almajiri school, started homeschooling around 30 students on subjects...
20 April 2020
The group, Promoters of Migrant Liberation, provides translation of indigenous Guatemalan, Maya, Mexican, and Afro-Caribbean languages for migrants in US detention centers. They help translate right from detention, th...
1 April 2020
Menominee, Wisconsin, United States
Over 3000 Words
Efforts are underway on the Menominee Reservation in northeastern Wisconsin to preserve the at-risk language of Menominee. That looks like conducting school entirely in Menominee, printing Menominee-language books, up...
12 February 2020
CHamoru, the indigenous language of the Mariana Islands, is endangered. In an urgent move to save the language, Chief Hurao Academy was founded, a nonprofit that offers a CHamoru summer immersion program, an after-sch...
15 January 2020
Seattle, Washington, United States
American sign language has long been used to help populations to communicate with one another, but it does not serve the DeafBlind community very well because it is meant to be seen. To address this shortcoming, a gro...
23 December 2019
Columbus, Ohio, United States
Fugees Academy, with schools in Ohio and Georgia, offers specialized and trauma-informed instruction for refugee students. The school aims to get students up to speed with accelerated English instruction.
26 November 2019
Houston, Texas, United States
Even in multicultural and diverse Harris County, Texas, with a population greater than 26 states and over 145 languages spoken, some groups, like Korean Americans, are marginalized when it comes to voting and civic pa...
19 November 2019
Food studies in Portuguese. History in German. To address declining enrollment in second-language courses and "combat the notion that language learning belongs only in language classes," more U.S. colleges are offerin...
10 October 2019
New Mexico, United States
A school district in New Mexico is finding success with a dual language education program. A regular school day for an elementary school student in a Gadsen school district school might entail reviewing their math or ...
8 October 2019
Under 800 Words
Disseminating knowledge means making websites, articles, and books available in more languages beyond English. A partnership between students at the University of Mosul and the nonprofit, Ideas Beyond Borders (IBB), i...
4 October 2019
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Kids in high-income families hear about 2,000 words every hour, whereas kids in low-income families hear about 600 in the same amount of time. Alabama is rolling out a program to close the language acquisition gap for...
2 October 2019
Arizona, United States
Over 15 Minutes
To preserve culture, especially language, elders and leaders in Native American communities often rely on shaming. Although this practice has proven to be an effective method in some instances, it is not without its l...
16 July 2019
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
In Brisbane, the Queensland police officers have been adopting practices to strengthen community engagement with the goal of making the city’s residents feel safer. Some initiatives include learning Mandarin to better...
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3 July 2019
Idaho, United States
The Nez Perce Tribe and Lapwai School District are making a concerted effort to keep the tribe's language alive -- as part of an elective, every day students at an Idaho high school have the chance to learn the langua...
21 May 2019
District of Columbia, Washington, United States
Street Sense is a biweekly, volunteer-run newspaper whose vendors and content creators are part of the homeless community in Washington, DC. Vendors purchase the issues at a discount and then sell them at a profit, ge...
9 April 2019
Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Over 3000 Words
The Sri Lankan Civil War lasted from 1983 to 2009 and bitterly divided the country into two sides between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Years later in 2012, a literary program cal...
12 February 2019
Oakland, California, United States
An ethnic studies teacher at an Oakland high school with a large immigrant population asks each student to spend a bit of the class time teaching their home language to the class. Acacia WoodsChan has noted increasing...
15 January 2019
Camden, New Jersey, United States
In Camden, New Jersey, 40 percent of the population 5 years or older speaks Spanish at home. However, only 5 percent of graduates from medical schools in the state identify as Hispanic or Latino. In an effort to shift...
5 October 2018
New York, New York, United States
Public libraries have remained one of the last public non-commercial spaces where people from all walks of life can coexist and learn. New York Public Library in particular is working to improve and expand their servi...
3 September 2018
Under 800 Words
A new crop of international companies is connecting English-language teachers and students in China for online tutoring sessions. The flexible arrangements are a way for Chinese elementary and secondary pupils to impr...
7 June 2018
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Broadcast TV News
Under 800 Words
An organization called Books for Africa collects donations of books from all over the country to send to schools in Rwanda. Books for Africa has sent over 41 million books over the past 30 years to 53 different countr...
Searchlight New Mexico
2 June 2018
Pensacola, Florida, United States
A Pensacola project is providing new parents with “brain bags”—books to read to their children as well as resources about early childhood development as it relates to language. By educating parents about the impact of...
13 March 2018
Alaska, United States
In the early 2000s, the only remaining speakers of three Native languages in Ketchikan, Alaska were in their early 80s or 90s. In order to preserve the languages and encourage the myriad positive physical and mental b...
17 October 2017
A graduate student from British Columbia, the Arctic Energy Alliance, and the elders of the Inuvialuit people may seem a strange team, but together they are tackling the dual concerns of climate change and the loss of...
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