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Global Press Journal

Myagmarsuren Battur

17 August 2021

Darkhan, Darkhan-UUL Province, Mongolia

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The Mongolian Association of Sign Language Interpreters launched a free social media service that provides interpreters for people with hearing impairments. Using Facebook Messenger, the service allows clients to use ...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Tolu Olasoji

13 July 2021

Rwanda

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Common Voice is an open-source initiative to capture more languages for voice-recognition software. Users “donate” their voices by recording themselves reading text out loud. They can also validate the accuracy of alr...

Pamplin Projects

Gabby Urenda

26 May 2021

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Portland Public Schools contracted with the Immigrant Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) to provide culturally and linguistically specific social support services to Pacific Islander and Native Hawaiian students an...

Hyperallergic

Hakim Bishara

19 May 2021

Palestine

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To get around algorithms that have flagged and removed Palestinian content, users on platforms like Facebook and Instagram are using an old version of Arabic, dating back at least a thousand years, that doesn’t have d...

IndigiNews

Athena Bonneau

16 May 2021

Oliver, British Columbia, Canada

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The Experiential, Project-based, Indigenous and Community (EPIC) program was designed to strengthen connections with Indigenous students and boost attendance at a high school in Oliver, B.C. The new program is offered...

AL.com (Alabama Media Group)

Trisha Powell Crain

28 April 2021

Madison, Alabama, United States

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Across Alabama, districts are using summer school breaks as a chance to bridge learning gaps for elementary school students who struggled to adjust to remote schooling or didn’t get as much face time with teachers dur...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Joseph Perez

11 April 2021

Tsaile, Arizona, United States

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Diné College, the first tribally-controlled accredited college, provides over 1,300 students with opportunities to learn cultural traditions and the Navajo language, alongside traditional academic subjects. The school...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Peter Yeung

2 April 2021

France

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The French National Assembly overwhelmingly passed “the Law to Promote the France of Accents,” which criminalizes discrimination against someone based on their accent. The bill makes linguistic discrimination, or “glo...

The Seattle Times

Dahlia Bazzaz

9 March 2021

Port Angeles, Washington, United States

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Leaders from the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and Port Angeles School District had a vision of creating a go-between space for students while school buildings were closed. Within the span of a month, this small community...

The Daily Yonder

Kristi Eaton

8 March 2021

Cherokee Nation, United States

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Tribal members are being paid to learn the Cherokee language through the Master Apprentice Program. The $16 million effort to maintain a tie to the culture through language is being funded from the tribe’s casino reve...

The GroundTruth Project

Emily Previti

3 March 2021

Orange County, California, United States

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Orange County is a gold standard for supporting voters who aren’t fluent in English. All voting materials come in multiple languages and online databases and voting equipment are compatible with the multilingual syste...

Broadview Magazine

Paul Knowles

24 February 2021

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

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Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie has repurposed a former residential school building into the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre where students can learn about their Indigenous history and heritage. In the past...

Transitions Online

Teresa Di Mauro

Heydar Isayev

18 February 2021

Georgia

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Ethnic Azeri students face disproportionate barriers in achieving university education compared to Georgians. One of those reasons is due to language barriers. Isolated from Georgian society, it's not uncommon for Aze...

The National

Priti Salian

12 February 2021

India

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In India, where stuttering is not recognized as a disability, The Indian Stammering Association (TISA) offers "free online courses, counseling, communication workshops, and daily virtual meeting" to help those who str...

TimminsToday

Dariya Baiguzhiyeva

5 February 2021

Moose Factory, Ontario, Canada

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The Moose Factory’s Community Language Project is part of a decade-long program to maintain the "L" dialect of the Moose Cree people alive. Through phone calls, in-person visits, the project's leaders are compiling as...

Next City

Kristi Eaton

4 February 2021

Oklahoma, United States

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The Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program is an immersion program that pays adults to learn the Cherokee language, which is quickly disappearing yet important for preserving Cherokee culture. The program require...

EdSource

Zaidee Stavely

6 November 2020

Fresno, California, United States

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Teachers in some California dual-language classrooms are coming up with creative ways to help students practice and learn languages during remote-only learning. Across Fresno Unified School District, teachers develop ...

The Boston Globe

Julia Sklar

26 September 2020

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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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 ...

Minority Africa

Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu

21 June 2020

Niger, Nigeria

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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...

The Guardian

Ruth Michaelson

17 June 2020

Lebanon

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NaTakallam offers classes in Arabic, Spanish, Persian and French that are taught by refugees. The 64 teachers conduct classes with 770 students entirely online, allowing people from all over the world to learn from na...

BBC

Megan Janetsky

Victoria Stunt

20 April 2020

Guatemala

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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...

The Believer

Lorraine Boissoneault

1 April 2020

Menominee, Wisconsin, United States

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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...

The Guardian

Anita Hofschneider

12 February 2020

Guam

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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...

Christian Science Monitor

Jingnan Peng

15 January 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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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...

The Hechinger Report

Aaricka Washington

23 December 2019

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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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.

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