Deaf Society Lobbying for Sign Language Inclusion in the School Syllabus

November 8, 2022

The Kenya Society for the Deaf is lobbying for the inclusion of sign language in the school syllabus.  This according to the society will enable all learners, deaf and non-deaf, in the country to understand it.

The society chairman Francis Ng’ang’a yesterday said they are also pushing for the language to be included and recognized as a third national language after English and Swahili.

‘Very soon we are going to lobby and ask the government to introduce Kenya sign language to all our schools so that all Kenyans can be able to communicate with the deaf community and make it the third national language,’ he said.

He said this during a tour at Pwani Secondary school for the deaf in Kilifi town with his team where they donated assorted food to aid the students, especially those preparing to sit their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).

Further he urged the national government and the County governments to provide employment for deaf people.

‘Deaf people should be incorporated in government employment and like in Uasin Ngishu County where there are at least 15 deaf people employed by the county government, we ask all county governments to take care of all grown deaf people and employ some of them,’ he said

He urged parents with children with hearing disability to enroll them in a school of the deaf near them. He said any parent with financial difficulties to finance their child enrollment and education should contact the society for assistance.

“Anyone with financial problems, let them come to our society headquarters, we shall give them money and facilities to make these children be in school,” he said.

Further he warned land grabbers against invading property belonging to the Kenya Society for the Deaf.

Ng’ang’a said the society shall also create opportunities for the deaf communities to study higher education.

Toward this end, the society wants to put up a university for deaf students to enable them to learn in an environment that is fit for them.

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