Deaf Education in the Global South

Teresa Quail, Joy Rosenberg, Fred Marinus, Chris Kubwimana

Covid-19 specific

Specialist Covid-19 related advice regarding maintenance of hearing aid and radio aid technology

DeafKidz International - Online game to support deaf childrens’ understand of Covid-19 

Chris Kubwimana, a Deaf Burundian who works in London, reflects on how Covid-19 has impacted his Deaf community in his home country which has had confirmed Covid-19 cases but did not experience a lockdown at all and which, unlike the UK where borders have been reopened since March, Burundi remains largely closed to the outside world.

Paul Lynch and Emmanouela Terlektsi summarise their work commissioned through EDTECH by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Pakistan) to explore the provision of distance learning to deaf children in Pakistan and to develop guidelines and guidance. Evidence revealed that access to technology (eg laptops, phones, web-cameras, and headphones to TVs) is appropriate for the effective delivery of distance education to deaf children and having appropriate equipment to access the spoken language of recorded materials and synchronous teaching is crucial.

Video: Effetà School Palestine film Back to school 2020 Deaf learners
Video: Effetà School dance performance Deaf learners

Louis Ngabo, founder of Nyabihu School for the Deaf, describes the impact of the pandemic on families supported by the school which helps them to cope financially or with face masks so that they can keep going and stay safe and, in turn, continue to encourage and support the education of their deaf children.

Omar Kayigi, a BATOD Special online member who has worked in special education at Umutara Deaf School for eight years, outlines his opportunity to contribute his sign language interpreter expertise to the TV-based learning provision during the pandemic in Rwanda.

Dominique Ndagijimana, co-founder of Umutara School, Rwanda, shares an overview of how his non-government organisation met his school’s needs during the Covid-19 pandemic by being able to buy food parcels for many of the poorest in his community and also the families with deaf children or adults, building handwashing stations in schools, sourcing and purchasing desks so each child has their own desk and funding outreach visits by teachers.

NDCS Deaf Children Worldwide 
Resource specific to emotional well-being Looking after your emotional wellbeing Covid resource

World Economic Forum 
A blog article on the general education provision in Africa post pandemic 

ENT and Audiology
Article describing a global summary of audiology provision during the Covid-19 pandemic