Jam Ma Training – Cameroon
WYCLIFFE FIELD PROJECTS
244.3% of $7,896 at 25-Mar-2023
With so many language groups in the Central African basin now engaged in translation and language development, there is a need for more advanced, formal training of staff in the region. This would enable project workers to deepen their knowledge, and acquire new skills in their fields of specialisation.
The i-DELTA Francophone program provides academic courses at Bachelors level in various streams, such as: Media, Bible Translation, Literacy Training, and Community Scripture Engagement.
One strength of the i-DELTA program (Institut pour le Développement des Langues et de la Traduction en Afrique) is that participants are trained within a two-month cycle, which repeats over three years. This means that workers are not separated from their language program long-term, but remain largely within their assignment area, to put the skills they are learning into practice.
This project aims to raise funds for tuition for one (or more) workers from the Jam Ma group of languages (Gavar, Buwal, Mbudum) to attend i-DELTA, which begins its first year cycle in May 2021. This is an opportunity to develop the capacity and skills of local Bible translators and literacy workers in a region where there are few with formal qualifications.
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The target is $6670 per year for 2021 – 2023
If we receive extra funds, this will go towards the following year’s target.
15 October 2021
Due to COVID-19, the i-delta participants were not able to gather in Yaoundé to undertake the training, so this is being done online in 2021 in three separate sessions between May and September. Please pray for the effectiveness of the online training, and that all participants will be able to gather together in Yaounde for the next two academic cycles in 2022 and 2023.
Participants from the north of Cameroon have been able to gather in a regional centre, Maroua. In this way Glab Athanas (from the Jam Ma Cluster) joined with other students from this region to do the studies. In the first session of training he successfully completed one week of orientation on Zoom and Moodle, and the unit Introduction to Sociolinguistics. In the second session he successfully completed the unit Translation 1. Overall the arrangement seems to have worked well and will be an option if travel continues to be restricted over the next two years.