Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Solomon Islands Dedicates New Training Center

The official opening and dedication of the New Translation & Literacy Training Centre in Honiara was held on March 21, 2011. It was a time of celebration; full of praise and thanksgiving to God for His provision for the centre that will enable Bible translation and literacy training to move forward in the Solomon Islands.

Catholic Archbishop Adrian Smith
Many people were present including government officials, NGO's representatives, members of SIBLTP (Solomon Islands Bible Translation & Literacy Partnership the national led Bible translation movement), SITAG (Solomon Islands Translation Advisory Group) members, overseas guests and representatives from a number of Church denominations.

The day also included a graduation ceremony for those that completed the First Certificate IV in Translation.

Governor General Sir Frank Kabui and his wife, Her Excellency Lady Kabui handing out certificate to graduate.

The course units completed for this certificate

 - Identify different patterns and structure in language
- Translate with meaning, accuracy and naturalness
- Use writing conventions in own language
- Translate complex sentences and questions
- Apply principles and procedures for translating difficult words
- Recognise and translate different genre
- Discourse structure and translation
- Signal prominence in text
- Translate accurately and in a style that communicates with the audience
- Identify and translate figures of speech
- Translate abstract nouns and passive constructions
- Culture, time and geography in the Bible
- Maintain effective networks

Congratulations, graduates! This looks like a demanding course.  May God bless you and your work in Bible translation.

 For more information on the Solomons, click here.

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