WHO IS SLED ?

SLED was founded in 2001 by a team of Deaf and hearing colleagues with many years of experience in Deaf education, South African Sign Language (SASL) literature, Deaf theatre and Deaf television.  South African Sign Language (SASL) is an indigenous South African language, and is unrelated to English or any of the South African spoken languages. 

 

BACKGROUND, HISTORY & LOCATION

SLED was established to work towards outstanding education for Deaf learners through SASL.  The organisation’s vision is to see all of South Africa’s Deaf children achieving their full potential.   SLED’s main objective is to facilitate the Deaf child’s equal & democratic right to literacy & learning through the promotion of SASL.  All SLED programmes aim to ensure that empowered Deaf people play a continuous and integral part in all developments and policies regarding their education and language.

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SLED PERMANENT STAFF

CARA LOENING

Director

ABRAM MOYAHA

Manager, Artist, poet, Facilitator, Deaf

KIRSTY MACLONS

Deaf Education Programme Director

ZOLISWA FLEKISI

Poet, Story Teller, Facilitator, Deaf

YUVINI GOUNDEN

SASL Facilitator, Linguistics, Admin, Deaf

AYANDA NTUKWANA

Facilitator, Presenter, Deaf

RENÉE ROSSOUW

Overall Support

CLEANING

Velephi Zondo and Zini Silwane

SLED STAFF ARE:

57% Deaf, 57% Black and 87% women.

BENEFICIARIES

Learning and teaching resources development and teacher training

Nationally about  9000 Deaf learners study in 45 different schools and units at one time.   Nearly 100% of Deaf learners in public schools are black.  These are SLED’s primary beneficiaries.  The two key ways in which SLED reaches these learners are learning and teaching support materials and teacher training.  Hence teachers and teaching assistants, with particular focus on Deaf teachers and teaching assistants as role models for Deaf youth, are also direct beneficiaries in terms of personal and professional development.

ACCREDITATION

Non Profit Organisation Registration #: 015 – 801 NPO

Public Benefit Organisation #: 930 037 886

ETDP SETA Accreditation #: ETDP 1599

SACE Provider Registration #: PR10852

SLED NPO BOARD OF MANAGEMENT

Chairperson: Kobus Kellerman
Deputy Chair: Dirkie Ebersohn
Member: Kevin Dunn
Member: Monica Mawoyo
Member: Sikelelwa Alexandrina Msitshana
Treasurer: Sinobia Kenny

SLED board demographics:  50% Deaf, 66% Black, 50% women.