Deaf Education Development Programme Young People’s Consultation

In partnership with Deaf Child Worldwide, childreach Tanzania delivered the Deaf Education and Development Programme (DEDP) from June 2014 – June 2017 in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania.

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The DEDP improved the quality of life of deaf youth through increasing enrolment and retention of young people in training centres, improving sign language proficiency and communication between deaf young people and key stakeholders in their lives, and connecting deaf youth to internships and other business opportunities to support them to earn a living.

However, the DEDP highlighted many examples of deaf young people developing vocational skills, but still failing to transition from secondary school or vocational training centre into work.

Phase two of this project, will be focused on youth employment, livelihoods and transition from school to independent living, working both with young people and with schools.

This Deaf Education Development Programme report  summarises consultation activities held with deaf young people during August 2017 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.

Here is a few quotes from the consultation:

"If a deaf person and a hearing person go for the same job, the deaf person will not get it. They are discriminated again and thought of as inferior because they use signs to communicate"

Tanzania consultation 2

"My teacher comes to class but does not use sign language at all, he only speaks verbally. I don’t understand, even when I try hard. I want to be taught in a better way so that I can understand my subjects."

Tanzania consultation 1

Key Recommendations from deaf young people:

In order to support deaf young people through transition from school to employment and positive health, social and economic outcomes, the following recommendations from deaf young people must be considered:

• Provide communication support for deaf young people at school to ensure they are able to learn and achieve alongside their hearing peers and gain the qualifications needed for employment or further education.

• Teach deaf young people skills in school which will help them live independently in a hearing environment. Skills to include entrepreneurship, money management, communication with hearing people and rights.

• Use deaf role models to advise, mentor, support and inspire younger deaf children through their transition from education to independence.

• Train employers on disability rights, accessibility, communication skills and deaf awareness, working with deaf role models to co-deliver the training.

• Support deaf young people to form social groups and networks to share learning, support and as a platform to connect deaf youth to role models and mentors to increase their aspirations and confidence.

• Provide high quality deaf awareness information and training for families and communities, so that they can learn to understand deaf


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