"If your God is so mighty, why doesn't He speak my language?"
A Cakchiquel (Guatemala) man to SIL founder William Cameron Townsend
What was just a dream has turned out to be true. Today, the Baka children in Cameroon are possessing official school books in their language. After many months of work, SIL Cameroon with the financial support of Plan International has been able to produce school books for the 1st and second grades. These include pre-reading, reading, mathematics, activity books and the teacher’s guide for each subject. For the first time in the history of this country, these school books in the Mother language have just been choosing by the Cameroon commission in charge of testing and selecting school books authorised to be used in primary schools within the Baka community in Cameroon for the next three years.
Just imagine how excited you would feel if while entering a classroom you find out that the material available are in your own Mother language. Imagine what you would be thinking about and how excited you would get. This privilege, many African children have not been able to have it. They who have to abandon their mother language and whatsoever they have learnt to start a new journey using a roadmap that does not speak to them. How far do you think a pilgrim would go if he/she cannot read the roadmap that has to help him/her throughout? The answer is not very far. That has been the situation of many African children. SIL Cameroon strategy is to help any Cameroonian child to be able to have access to education through the language that he/she understand best. The language that speaks to his/her heart. The Baka children are now having such a privilege.