Learning Leadership

Learning Leadership

Contributer: SIL International

As the world makes strides toward equal access, equality and social justice for all, traditionally marginalized communities are projecting their voices into the dialogue of their nations. However, language related barriers still present major obstacles to progress. Without the confidence to speak clearly, local leaders struggle to advocate for the needs of their people with government officials. The Kol people of Bangladesh felt this plight deeply. A Kol leader described the isolated life his community previously experienced: “Before we started working with SIL, I can’t remember if any government bodies ever visited our villages. People from my age group are illiterate. Things like early marriage, infant death, poor maternity health were very common…” After partnering with SIL, the Kol began social leadership training programs among youth to mobilize them as agents of positive change within the community. These Generation Next Groups (GNG) played a vital role in cultivating leadership skills necessary for community leaders to interface with the government and develop the interagency relationships to address their needs. And the formation of multilingual education (MLE) programs continues to benefit the earliest generations by helping young students thrive in the classroom. Read More
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Youth and Internet Safety During COVID-19

Youth and Internet Safety During COVID-19

 by  Shayne Moore, MA, HDI Fellow at Humanitarian Disaster Institute, Wheaton College

Major Rachele Lamont, Territorial Coordinator for Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, The Salvation Army—Canada & Bermuda Territory

Commissioner Christine MacMillan, Chair: World Evangelical Alliance Global Human Trafficking Task Force

Ruth Thorogood, World Evangelical Alliance Global Human Trafficking Task Force

May 2020

More than ever, children and teens are using the internet and social media as the primary tool for social interaction and for school work. We may think human trafficking is not happening in our own backyards, however, with the world on the internet, the world is our backyard. It is essential that church leaders, parents, and those who work with children are informed about the realities of youth and internet safety. We must educate our communities about the tactics of traffickers online, help prevent human trafficking, and be equipped to be a part of the solu­tion in ending it. Read Report
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