Sign Language Education and Development

EASTERN CAPE IN DEAF AWARENESS MONTH


South African Sign Language or SASL is probably our oldest indigenous language. It is also the most natural language for a Deaf child. It has become widely recognised and we now have a SASL curriculum for Deaf children. But the lack of trained teachers in SASL creates a situation where this recognition is almost meaningless.
Mrs Princess Jona, the courageous Deaf principal at Sive School for the Deaf in Cedarville, with the support of the Department of Basic Education in the Maluti District, is making sure that her teachers and local district officials have the necessary South African Sign Language skills to ensure that the 126 Deaf children at her school have equal access to literacy and a complete education. The SLED (Sign Language Education & Development) team, a predominantly Deaf NGO, started NQF Level 4 SASL training on the 2nd of September.
Photograph: A teacher and children chatting on the playground.

Teacher on the playground

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