Literacy is a basic human right and provides the means through which people can attain their goals and better their livelihoods. It is a seed that can be planted in infancy and flourishes in adulthood, readily easing the path to education and fostering development and growth. As an organization committed to universal literacy, and its undeniable role in changing outcomes and transforming lives, we are passionate about its advocacy within our respective community and beyond.
The Somali Literacy Project is a response to the needs observed within the Somali diasporic community, that is, the importance of connecting Somali families with information as it relates to early literacy and language, health literacy, and the education of their children. Through our collective work, we have been able to reach out to many families, but this project will serve as both a documentation of our efforts and an exploration of the lessons learned along the way. Beyond providing members of the Somali community with helpful information and resources, we hope our efforts will also aid professionals who work with Somali students and families to best meet their needs. Since the creation of the website in 2013, the Somali Literacy Project has become an important resource for educators and clinicians internationally.
Though we are both researchers, we are community activists first, and are interested in making what’s available in academia accessible and practical for our community. We will continue our efforts off-line by hosting workshops for our community. These efforts shall provide the lifeblood for the Somali Literacy Project, as we are most passionate about making meaningful connections with Somali families.
In addition to our publications and activism, the Somali Literacy Project has consulted on a number of domestic and international education and health initiatives involving topics as diverse as:
- Early Childhood Education
- Language and Literacy
- Behavioral Management
- Curriculum Development
- Special Education
- Early Intervention
- Kindergarten Readiness
- International Development
And more! The Somali Literacy Project has worked with organizations including school districts, universities, hospitals, clinics and non-governmental organizations and a variety of professionals including educators, therapists and researchers. We provide a number of services for clients including professional development, training, and capacity building services.