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About Shellbooks

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Shellbooks are short, highly-illustrated curriculum modules created by topic specialists in an easy-to-adapt digital format.  Since 1989, these "curriculum shells" have provided millions of speakers -- among the world’s 6,800 minority languages -- with access to life-crucial teaching and learning material localised in their mother-tongue.

Literacy, Lifeskills, and Life-Crucial Information
Minority language communities use curriculum shells to localize literacy, education, and lifeskills materials of all types. Government, public, and private agencies have provided Shellbooks for localisation on such life-crucial topics as HIV-AIDS, clean water, sanitation, enhanced and sustainable agriculture, etc.

Highly Illustrated
The most effective and popular Shellbooks are highly illustrated booklets, storybooks, social stories, "big books", posters, and flipcharts. Illustrated material provides the most inclusive, participatory, and simplest framework for people of any age or literacy level to discuss and adapt in terms of their own language and cultural perspective.

Integrated Training
With Shellbook Maker software, topic specialists may integrate a teacher's guide, localisation helps, or other training material -- including audio and video clips -- into any curriculum shell.

"Ownership through Authorship"
Well designed Shellbook resources provide a principled curriculum framework in which diverse communities are empowered to take ownership of literacy, education, and life-crucial information by creating their own teaching and learning materials, in their own language.