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Language and Sustainable Development Webinars - Inclusive multilingual literacy: the LILIEMA model
Inclusive multilingual literacy: the LILIEMA model
Friederike Lüpke, Jérémi Fahed Sagna and Miriam Weidl

In this talk, we introduce the LILIEMA model, a literacy programme run by a Senegal-based association of the same name. LILIEMA stems from collaborative research in Senegal’s southern Casamance region. LILIEMA is inspired by existing grassroots strategies for multilingual writing, which consist of extending the spelling conventions of hegemonic languages to entire repertoires. Such strategies allow inclusive writing in contexts where no educational resources are available for the majority of languages. Programmes such as LILIEMA overcome the exclusion and minoritisation of speakers and their repertoires resulting from language-based multilingual education programmes, where some languages, lects, or written representations are always excluded. The versatile LILIEMA method provides learners with a tool to write their entire repertoire and create texts in monolingual and multilingual modes according to their own needs. We provide an overview of LILIEMA’s structure, goals and activities since its inception in 2017, and also illustrate its potential for the dissemination of trusted health information through a successful Covid 19 information campaign.

May 7, 2021 12:00 PM in London

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