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Tanzanian Trailblazers

Image of participant in Tanzania's first accredited sign language course © NDCS

In October 2018, 27 students celebrated completing Tanzania’s first accredited sign language course. 

We supported the creation of this course with the University of Dar es Salaam and the Tanzania Deaf Association (CHAVITA). 

An accredited course at the country’s most prestigious university, will raise the profile of sign language. We hope that the success of this course, will lead to a further qualification for interpreters. 

This is a fantastic achievement in Tanzania where deaf people face huge stigma and discrimination, and the vast majority of deaf children don’t go to school at all.

Support for hearing impaired young people in Karnataka and West Bengal

CINI Asha, International week of the Deaf 2014, India © NDCS

The aim of this research was to provide knowledge for the creation of an informed and empowering programmatic model, which puts hearing impaired young people at the centre of every stage of interventions and development.

Participation of hearing impaired young people was at the core of this study. Sixty-seven young people were involved in data collection, supported by hearing scribes, and eight types of community based stakeholders were interviewed by these young people.

The research was conducted in collaboration with Deaf Child Worldwide, the Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR), Child in Need Institute (CINI), Graham Bell Centre for the Deaf (GBCD), and Samuha Samarthya (SAMUHA).

Find out more about this research

How can you make sure that deaf children and young people are included?

 Anil Seth signing

34 million deaf children worldwide live in developing countries, and most have little or no language when they start primary school.

During the International Week of the Deaf 2018, we want to share different ways to include deaf children and young people in their family, in education and in their community.

We support projects in South Asia, East Africa and Latin America to give deaf children access to communication including sign language from birth.

Download Including Deaf Children and Young People: a how-to guide

Deaf Role Model Evaluator Training Report

Group photo of DRM evaluator training © NDCS

In Kolkata in October 2017, Deaf Child Worldwide staff trained 8 DRM’s to be project evaluators so they could lead in end of project evaluation with deaf children and young people. The four day training covered evaluator skills, safeguarding, confidentiality, communication, information gathering and reporting.

The training was overall a huge success and the DRMs showed considerable strengths, specifically; communication skills, the ability to positively engage with deaf children, reliability, patience, enthusiasm and an impressive commitment to their role.

Find out more about the training

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

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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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