"If your God is so mighty, why doesn't He speak my language?"
A Cakchiquel (Guatemala) man to SIL founder William Cameron Townsend
SIL Cameroon has three regional offices: Yaoundé, Bamenda, and Maroua. Each offers training courses in a wide variety of subjects including basic linguistics, exegesis and translation, computer-mediated text analysis, audio production of materials in national languages, illustration techniques, song-writing, and so on.
The Cameroon Training Centre (CTC), located in Yaoundé, serves the Centre, East, Littoral, South, and, for most languages, West regions. Thanks to its strategic location in the capital city, CTC also hosts courses for the wider central African subregion, thus supporting SIL work in Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Gabon, and Equatorial Guinea.
The Yaoundé centre houses offices for Training, Linguistics, Literacy, Translation, Sociolinguistics, Scripture Use, Arts (including Ethnomusicology), and Vernacular Media. The Computer Services Department supports the software and communication needs of SIL’s work in Cameroon.
B.P: 1299 Yaoundé
Tel. : +237 126.96.36.199
Fax : +237 188.8.131.52
Bamenda Regional Office (BRO)
Located at Mile 3 Nkwen, the BRO serves the language communities of the North West, South West and West Regions. It functions as a support centre for local language committees and as a full-service training facility.
The office provides essential support services to language workers in the area, including consultation services, office facilities, transient housing, communication services, and computer support and maintenance. This helps development work to continue in many of the local languages.
As more than half of the remaining languages in need of development are located in the three regions served by the BRO, the office anticipates increased expansion of facilities and services and envisions even greater involvement in the support and development of Cameroonian languages.
P.O. Box: 5025
Tel.: +237 77.50.02.33
Greater North Regional Office (GNRO)
The GNRO, located in Maroua, serves language communities in Adamawa, North, and Far North Regions. Their mission is to encourage mother-tongue language development through consultant help and training courses, as well as providing a general point of contact for language committees. There are a large number of language communities (over 100) in these regions, all at varying stages in their language development.
The GNRO has seen its consultant strength increase, expanding to the areas of literacy, translation, and anthropology. The GNRO’s consultants regularly organize a series of week-long regional workshops during which small numbers of language community members can deal with a specific issue and then return to their work in their home areas. This approach has proven very effective at promoting high-quality language work.
B.P. : 200 Maroua
Tél. : +237 77.50.04.25