September is International Month for the Deaf.
Learners and educators from Setotolwane Special School visited the Limpopo Department of Education head office in celebration of the day through giving employees of the department basic sign language tutorials.
The visitors from Setotoloane where welcomed by DDG: Curriculum, Dr KM Mphahlele and Chief Director for Inclusive Education Cebile Khanye.
The day was dedicated to educating employees about hearing loss, deaf culture and sign language. The learners’ ability to interact with all persons as well as meet and greet using sign language was welcomed and appreciated in a quest to bridge the language barrier between the deaf community and the public.
“Being deaf does not mean that you cannot communicate, it just displays that you can communicate using different methods such as sign language. Be sensitive to the deaf community as we are trying to replace item disability with ability,” said Grace Madisha, Deputy Principal of Setotolwane Special School and a sign language interpreter.
South African Sign Language is the primary sign language used by deaf people in South Africa. As part of the deaf community citizens have an important role to play in ensuring an inclusive society that is sensitive to the needs of the deaf people.
Story: Ndivhuwo Mukhada