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Deaf Education Development Programme Young People’s Consultation

Tanzania consultation 1 © NDCS

In partnership between Deaf Child Worldwide and Childreach Tanzania, we consulted with deaf young people in Tanzania exploring their knowledge of the challenges they face when leaving school and their experiences of accessing information and support to transition to an independent life. 

 


Find out more about our consultation

We are celebrating how amazing sign language is

Fima from Bangladesh © NDCS

It’s International Week of the Deaf and we’re celebrating how amazing sign language is. Watch our video of many deaf children and young people sharing their stories of how sign language helped them to achieve their dreams.

We want to celebrate and recognise our role in giving deaf children access to sign language from birth.

We also want to share our pioneering project in Kenya, where we’ve made sure that deaf teachers are seen as role models and teach sign language to children, teachers and parents.

 


Watch the video

Imagine not being allowed to attend school

Jayita © NDCS

Imagine not being allowed to attend school or being able to communicate with your parents. This is what happened with Jayita (10), who spent the first five years of her life at home, unable to communicate with her parents who didn’t think she could learn and didn’t understand her frustration, interpreting this as behavioural difficulties.


Find out more about Jayita's story

Your opportunity to learn more from Ugandan deaf young people

Deaf people have right to education © NDCS

We’re working with the Uganda National Association of the Deaf and Sign Health Uganda to develop the ‘Birds and the Bees’ project. The aim of the project is to teach deaf young people about sexual and reproductive health, so that they in turn can give advice, counselling and training to other deaf young people. They become ‘peer educators’, showing others how to use condoms and explaining about pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.


Learn more

Deaf students studying Human Rights and Arts in Ecuador

Human rights and art in Ecuador © NDCS

Twenty-three year old Felipe from Ecuador dreams to use art as a way to reflect the importance of human rights. The Human Rights and Art module that Felipe studied at University inspired him to use art as a way to promote deaf awareness. 


Read his article on how he achieved this

Birds and the Bees consultation report

Consultation with deaf young people in Uganda Jinja © NDCS

We’re working with the Uganda National Association of the Deaf and Sign Health Uganda to develop a project called the Birds and the Bees. The project teaches deaf young people about sexual and reproductive health so that they in turn can give advice, counselling and training to other deaf young people.


Find out more about out consultation report

The Right to Work

Frank from Peru © NDCS

In Alto Mayo in the upper Peruvian Amazon rainforest, Frank (20), is profoundly deaf and living with his aunt and uncle in Peru since his parents separated a few years ago. Ever since he was a boy, his aunt and uncle have been seeking an education for Frank, as they felt that their nephew had potential to thrive. They decided to reach out to our Latin American partner, Paz y Esperanza.

Read more about Frank's story

 


The Right to Work

#EDDW16: Together for Inclusion

Children © NDCS

Since the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) came into effect 10 years ago, the lives of many deaf children and young people have changed for the better at home, at school and in the community. But there is still more to do.


You can get involved by sharing your hopes with us

Advocacy Success in Bangladesh

Deaf Role models Advocacy Bangladesh © NDCS

We've been working with the Centre for Disability in Development in Bangladesh to support a group of deaf young people and a network of parents who meet regularly to talk with their peers about the challenges they face both as deaf youth and as parents in struggling to access support and basic services. We share information with the groups so they better understand their rights and provide advocacy training so that deaf young people and their families can speak up and get their voices heard to help create positive change that will impact on their lives.


Advocacy Success in Bangladesh

How did you learn about the birds and the bees?

Birds and the Bees appeal © DCW

Whispering in the corridor. Sniggering in the classroom. Sex education lessons. That serious talk with the parents. These uncomfortable rites of passage could have changed Hester’s life.

Just learning simple facts about the birds and the bees would have taught her about birth control and sexually transmitted diseases. But Hester is deaf, and she missed out because no one, not even her friends and family, knew how to communicate with her.

Now Hester is pregnant and HIV positive, and has been left on her own – isolated, unable to communicate with doctors and fearful for her life and her unborn child’s future. With no support, her chances of survival are bleak.  

Find out what happened to Hester and the birds and the bees project in Uganda 


The birds and the bees appeal

Radio 4 Appeal

May 2016

We are delighted that Doctor Who actor Sophie Stone presented our Radio 4 Appeal to raise awareness about the issues facing young deaf people and their families as well as raising vital funds. Watch the British Sign Language version. 


Radio 4 Appeal

Deaf Role Model Wins Prestigious Fellowship

June 2016

We are delighted to announce that Richard Mativu, Deaf Role Model and Technical Adviser for Deaf Child Worldwide, has beat off stiff competition to win the Young African Leaders Initiative Award..


Deaf Role Model Wins Prestigious Fellowship

Young Ambassadors Report on Education for Deaf in Kenya

March 2016 

Jessica and Samina, Young Ambassadors for Send My Friend 2016 campaign have recently returned from their fact-finding mission to Kenya to uncover some of the challenges facing deaf children in accessing inclusive education. Read the full report here.

Guardian journalist Susanna Rustin also went on the trip visiting Deaf Child Worldwide projects and meeting with key players in Kenya's Education Sector. Read the Guardian article here.

 


Young Ambassadors Report on Education for Deaf in Kenya

Meet Rehema this International Women's Day

 March 2016

Rehema, UNAD, Uganda, International Women's Day

Rehema Namarome became deaf in her teens and went on to start up Uganda’s United Deaf Women Organisation (UDEWO) in 2002.  Working with Deaf Child Worldwide, the organisation now empowers 3,000 deaf women and girls. This International Women's Day, Rehema talks about her life as a deaf role model in Uganda and her work as founder and Director of this organisation. 


Meet Rehema this International Women's Day

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Deaf Child Worldwide works with partners in developing countries, facilitating work that enables deaf children and young people to be fully included in their family, education and community life.

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