TRAINING: New Ethiopian Sign Language & Deaf Culture University Degree

Posted on 25 May 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Deaf, Education and Training Opportunities, News, Opportunities, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , |

Press Release – Ethiopian Sign Language degree
No. 1/08

The Department of Linguistics, Addis Ababa University, organized and conducted a one day consultative workshop on a Draft syllabus of a BA program in Ethiopian Sign Language (ESL) and Deaf Culture on March 14, 2008 in Addis Ababa. The purpose of the workshop is to evaluate the draft syllabus with the presence of stakeholders who are working in the area of sign language and Deaf Education. The participants are mainly teachers of Deaf schools, Deaf Students, representatives from Deaf Association, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, NGOs, various relevant government offices and the university officials.

Ethiopia’s first BA program in ESL and Deaf Culture has the following main objectives:

  • Train Deaf teachers and Deaf sign linguists,
  • Promoting the growth and enrichment of the ESL and,
  • Promote collaborative research on ESL.

It was told by the participants that such initiatives taken by the university is encouraging to minimize the shortage of teachers of deaf students all over the country. This three years BA program is hopefully to be launched in October 2008. Besides, the department has a future plan to set up a Regional Sign Language Center. Therefore, the department invites professionals to support our effort in the improvement of Ethiopian Deaf Education and for the development of Ethiopian Sign Language.

Currently, the department gives a non-credit, free of charge, awareness raising course on ESL and Deaf Culture for the University community. There are about 250 students attending this course in six (6) classes and will be certified on June 2008.

Inquiry about the Sign Language Program in Addis Ababa University can be made to the following addresses:

Dr. Hirut WoldeMariam, Chairperson, Dep’t of Linguistics, AAU

Dr. Moges Yigezu, ESL and Deaf Culture Project Leader,

Eyasu Hailu, ESL and Deaf Culture Project Coordinator

Department of Linguistics
Addis Ababa University

April 2008

We Can Do obtained this press release via the DeafStudies-Africa listserv. Please note that inquiries related to the Ethiopian Sign Language program should be directed to one of the three email addresses given above, not to We Can Do.

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Generally I do not post on blogs, but I would like to say that this post really forced me to do so! really nice post.

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HELLO! I am Deaf,From Ethiopian Student third Ethiopa Sign Language &deaf Culture of College.

Your Sincerely
Berihun Girmay
Deaf,Addis Ababa,EthiopiaN!

Hello, I am a sign student looking for information on Deaf clubs/socials in Ethiopia. Can you help?


Dear sir/madam,

I am Lijo Joseph. I am studying B.Sc computer science at NISH in Trivandrum.. I am doing my Indian sign language project. It will be finished on December, 15. So please kind grand me the list of syllabus and course of study( eg:- level 1 objectives, level 2 objectives etc…)

Lijo Joseph

nothing!. you con.

Can anyone help me, I am trying to find out some info on ESL for a Red Earth Charity Project and need some information about how it differs from BSL and Makaton

Hirut. how are the mankorkorias of moges and tekalign; i want your contrastive analysis. i admire your contribution to Amharic development although you are not different from the kazanchis women. in fact worse they are there because they are hungry and not intelligent enough to marry a rich shimagle and put him at home while you drink from tekisho’s mankorkoria.


I have a 2 year old boy who has complete loss of hearing.I am looking for information on Deaf clubs/socials in Ethiopia. Can you help me?

hi how are u?iam greeting to u

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