State of Deaf Education

In Addis Ababa, the capitol city of Ethiopia, deaf high school students are “mainstreamed” at a government school. The only accommodation to them is there are interpreters who can translate the spoken word of the teachers into sign language. There are a few very gifted students who can glean enough from this method that they are able to successfully pass national exams and promote to higher education.

Those gifted students are the exception. Result? The pass rate of most is students is very low and even though they may have abilities and aptitudes that could allow them to excel in a profession, if they fail the national exam twice they can either end their education or attend a trade school.

In October 2009 Lea McD Educational Services for the Deaf of Ethiopia, a non government school, hosted a workshop to discuss issues related to deaf education with an emphasis in explaining deaf culture and how to improve the pass rate of deaf high school students with emphasis on teaching in a separate environment where teachers are deaf or at least well educated in sign language and deaf culture.

These and other principles are employed by Lea McD with great success.

The workshop was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Education as well as various schools and related organizations.

Speakers were students, teachers, and guests from the Ministry of Education, local and international organizations.

At the Workshop

Students and others