Kwavulindlebe Primary School is now the first school in the country that has 100% Mobile Phone saturation after the generous donation of the Mobile devices for learning at the school for deaf in Chatsworth, DURBAN.
It is also the first school where teachers are being trained to develop customized content for learning using MacBooks donated by Learning Academy Worldwide's partner in Europe, the American Overseas School of Rome. During the first training session earlier in March, teachers immediately created a demonstration to show the possibilities for teaching in sign language.
Kwavulindlebe principal, Mrs Nomathemba Ndlovu, accepted the devices on behalf of the school. She is seen here together with students and a respentative from the local government, Mr Brandon Pillay.
The mobile phones used by the school will serve the purpose of availing to each child easy access to content for learning and opportunities for developing of South African Sign Language. The phones are sponsored by the US Mobile Service Provider, SPRINT, who is a longstanding partner of Learning Academy Worldwide. The project is under the direct oversight and support of the Deaf Federation of South Africa where, Director, Mrs Odette Swift's guidance and training are pivotal to project implementation.
When it comes to literacy and the Deaf, the major challenges are really early identification and intervention and family support. If we could get that right the challenges in the schools would be MUCH easier to deal with!
However, since we still seem to battle with health and social development systems that are slow to change as well as social and cultural attitudes that see a disability as a curse and something which affects...
On this Casual Day during National Month of Deaf People, I consider myself privileged beyond words to work daily with the Deaf Community of South Africa. My employment at DeafSA since the beginning of the year has been such a joy and I am daily deeply thankful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Deaf people. I am grateful too to be able to converse with friends and community members in South African Sign Language and to advocate for the right of EVERY deaf baby and child to learn SASL, to access early language learning and to gain confidence and identity as a Deaf person. VIVA SASL VIVA!!! VIVA DeafSA VIVA!!! Decent education in SASL for Deaf learners NOW!