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.
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.
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: Sikelelwa Alexandrina Msitshana Member: Kevin Dunn Member: Qobo Ningiza Treasurer: Sinobia Kenny