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Deaf awareness raising actives

They have been devised to used in primary school 1st  Keren school and 2sed Asmara school. There are around 450. 000 deaf children and young people in the Eritrea,The majority are educated in mainstream schools alongside their hearing peers. Some of thes

children are the only deaf child in their class, or even the whole school. It is vital that their earing friends learn how to be deaf aware.  some of there one the only deaf children in their 10.000 deaf young people without schools in Eritrea.

School fund-raising Eritrea sign language for development in childern who are deaf or hearing impaired

The aim of these activities is to raise hearing pupils’ deaf awareness, and facilitate the social inclusion of deaf children.

By participating in the suggested activities, hearing pupils will increase their knowledge of deafness and improve their ability to communicate effectively with their deaf peers.


Some deaf children use a language called Eritrea Sign Language (often this is abbreviated to EriSL).


Eritrea Sign Language is the language of the Eritrea  Deaf community and is the first or preferred language of over 10,000 people. It is a visual language which uses hand shapes, movement, facial expressions and body language to convey meaning. It is a full and complete language with a unique vocabulary and its own grammatical structure, which is different from that of  Tigrinya and Arabi

Fund-raising tip: Children can be sponsored to learn some key signs within a given time frame. 


Most importantly, children love to learn it. They can be given a list of words that are appropriate to their level or tied in with the curriculum.  And  necessary skills communication to function with a culture of self-reliance in the modern economy


How we hear


To become deaf aware pupils should have some understanding of how sound is made and produced. They also need to be aware of how the ear works.

In this section, pupils learn about how sound is made and produced.


What is deafness?


Every deaf child is different. It is important that children understand deaf children may experience different levels of hearing loss and may use different kinds of hearing aids to help them listen.


In this section, the children learn about:


  • different levels of hearing loss


  • different kinds of hearing aids


  • how to reduce classroom noise.



Kindness is the Language which the Deaf Can Hear


The Blind Can See




Deafness is not a disability but not being able to communicate effectively is.

In this section, the children will learn about what good communication is and how we listen. They will also find out how we can communicate without speaking, and try out fingerspelling and lip-reading.


Your deaf friends


It is important that all children understand that their deaf friends are just like them.

In this section, the children will learn about the effects of good and poor communication and think about how their deaf peers might feel in certain situations.




It is a great idea to get the children to put their learning into practice.

In this section, the children will learn how to put on a deaf friendly event and will have the opportunity to find out what else they want to know about deafness.



Further information


The training is to be delivered by a teacher of deaf children or a specialist teacher in the school who has reliable knowledge or experience of deafness.

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