Lutheran Friends of the Deaf (LFD) has completed their first year of a three-year project for teacher training and staff development for the Ethiopian Deaf schools and partners. The August/September training session was held for training teachers in government Deaf and special education Ethiopian Sign Language and Deaf awareness.
LFD, whose mission is to help Deaf individuals worldwide to hear the Word of God, made a significant stride in making a difference for Ethiopian Sign Language and Deaf awareness training for local school teachers and social workers who serve Deaf children. This special project now incorporates Deaf teachers—four out of seven teachers were Deaf!
Through the project, Orthodox Christians, Muslims and Lutherans work together to improve Sign Language communication with LFD’s help. At the end of the program, a Muslim man who is a special needs teacher in a local school asked to speak to the group. He explained how the government has not supported Deaf and groups with different or special needs in the past, but there is hope. With the new Ethiopian Prime minister and LFD’s continual teaching and support there may be change!
Photo caption: Deaf Ethiopian students showing off their their graduation certificates