After three months of training, 30 people including health workers, teachers and parents in Masaka were last week equipped with sign language skills to improve their communication with deaf people.
Nasser Sennyondo, a programme officer at Sign Health Uganda, which conducted the training, said it was is a pity that many people who try to use the sign language end up not communicating at all.
“I know everybody in the world tries to [use] signs but not all signs have a meaning. So, those who have undergone the three- month training and are passing out today have got the skills to make signs with a meaning, he said.
Faizal Kirabira, the programme coordinator in Masaka, said they started by training medical workers, teachers and a few parents, who provide services which are crucial to everyone regardless of their health condition. Kirabira said the training would become an annual occurrence to ensure that people working with every sector in the district benefit.
“Next on board will be journalists, police officers, court officers and others,” he said, adding that they intend to have at least someone who can interpret sign language in every area of service provision.
Godfrey Kayemba, the Masaka mayor, said there was a need to have at least one sign language interpreter at all public functions. Najjumba Mayanja, the Masaka assistant chief administrative officer, commended Sign Health Uganda for prioritizing this training and imparting skills to crucial service providers.
Source : The Observer