FCS supports sign language training to ease communication barriers

Police officers, medical doctors and ward executives in Ilemela District, Mwanza region have completed a seven-day training on the sign language in mid February conducted by experts from the Tanzania Deaf Association (Chavita) through funds from Foundation for Civil Society.


The training facilitator, Mr. Henry Mtasiwa, said the training was aimed at empowering the officers with skills that would enable them to communicate easily with people with hearing disability in the course of their duties.


“We are not dumb or deaf as what many people tend to refer us. The best way to call us is people with hearing impairments and we are human beings too, therefore this training will also help the officers to campaign for us against this stigmatization,” said Mr. Mtasiwa.


Additionally, Devotha Mtesigwa, a teacher at Bwiru Boys Secondary School, said the training on sign language should involve schools teachers since often times they face communication barriers when dealing with students with hearing impairment.
“There are over 50 students in my school with hearing impairments. We need sign language experts to help them understand what their teachers teach them,” she said.


On her part, Ilemela District Commissioner, Amina Masenza, said district authorities will look into the possibility of establishing a special school for people and pupils with hearing impairments in the district.

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