The Guardian has published an insightful article about issues in education affecting Deaf children in Kenya, featuring interviews with students and teachers.
Read it here.
‘I didn’t talk before I came to school, I had no stories with my parents,” says Nyamula Mandoro, 15, with a grave expression, her eyes fixed on the sign language interpreter sitting opposite, who is translating her emphatic gestures into English. “I don’t have a best friend but I have a favourite teacher. She is very good, she sometimes gives me clothes, food and things. Many of us here have a teacher who is special.”
We are talking on benches under the thatched roof of an open-air meeting room. On the other three sides of a square of brown grass are one-storey buildings with corrugated-iron roofs: classrooms, kitchen and dormitories, where more than 40 boys share one bedroom lined with bunks. The toilet blocks and water taps are set back.
This is Kinango school for deaf children in the county of Kwale at the coastal south-eastern tip of Kenya. Two hours away across the Shimba Hills is the white sand of Diani beach. But the land surrounding the school is arid and the people who live in its villages, mostly peasant farmers, are very poor. The school, like most deaf schools in Kenya, is boarding, and many children here have been rejected by parents.
The Limping Chicken is the world's most popular Deaf blog, and is edited by Deaf journalist and filmmaker Charlie Swinbourne. Find out how to write for us by clicking here, how to follow us by clicking here, and read our disclaimer here.
The site exists thanks to our supporters. Check them out below:
- Signature: Leading awarding body for BSL qualifications
- Ai-Media: Remote captioning. Find out about 5 funny ways to use captions!
- Bellman & Symfon: home alerting solutions
- Deaf Umbrella: sign language interpreting and communications support
- Eyewitness Media: TV and film from a Deaf perspective
- Appa: Communication services for Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing people
- SignLive: Online video interpreting for Deaf people
- SignVideo: Instant BSL video interpreting online
- 121 Captions: captioning and speech-to-text services
- The National Theatre: Captioned and BSL accessible theatre in London
- Doncaster School for the Deaf: education for Deaf children
- Signworld: Learn BSL online!
- Action Deafness Communications: sign language and Red Dot online video interpreting
- BSLcourses.co.uk: Provider of online BSL courses
- Association of Notetaking Professionals: The professional body representing Electronic and Manual Notetakers
- Sign Solutions: communication support, training and translation
- InterpretersLive: On demand BSL video interpretation
- Hamilton Lodge School in Brighton: education for Deaf children
- Lipspeaker UK: specialist lipspeaking support
- Ozen: Australian hearing aid specialists
- Elmfield School, Bristol: Inclusive education for Deaf pupils
- deafPLUS: BSL advice helpline
- Exeter Deaf Academy: education for Deaf children
- Royal Shakespeare Company: Captioned and BSL interpreted performances (see dates here)
- Royal School for the Deaf, Derby: Residential education for deaf children
- RAD Tax Advice: Tax and Tax Credit info for Deaf people
- Performance Interpreting: BSL interpreting at concerts
- National Deaf Children's Society: The leading charity for deaf children
- Signed Culture: Advocating for BSL access to arts and culture
- SignHealth: healthcare charity for Deaf people
- CJ Interpreting: communication support in BSL
- British Society for Mental Health and Deafness: Promoting positive mental health for deaf people