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Presentations by “Deaf Multiliteracies” teams in Uganda, South Africa, and India

2 October, 2018

The iSLanDS international project partners in our “Peer to Peer Deaf Multiliteracies” project have presented initial findings from our research. In India, Deepu Manavalamamuni and Jagdish Choudhari presented on “Literacies in Context: Engaging deaf primary school children in their learning and assessment” at the “International Conference on Learning 2018” at Delhi University.

Delhi conf 2  Delhi Univ 1

In Uganda, the project team led by Noah Ahereza from the Uganda National Association of the Deaf gave a presentation at the “International conference on child poverty: What works for Africa’s poorest children?” in Kampala. Their presentation was entitled “Working on “multiliteracies” with deaf primary school children in Uganda”, and was part of a panel of four presentations organised by the ESRC-DFID Raising Learning Outcomes programme, in which our project participates.

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These two presentations have showcased our first-time work with young deaf children, and the way in which we encourage overall linguistic and metalinguistic development in sign language, reading and writing, and other communicative skills. In addition, the Ugandan team gave a presentation at the “Ugandan Sign Language Symposium 2018.”

Ugandan SL symposium

Dr. Anthony Mugeere from Makerere University, Uganda, and Prof. George Akanlig-Pare (with Marco Nyarko) from the University of Ghana gave presentations at an international symposium in Johannesburg, South Africa. The contribution from Ghana entitled “The language of education policy in Ghana: The dilemma of deaf education and the contribution from Uganda on Governance and ethics in deaf education in Uganda” both highlighted findings from our project’s research question regarding structural barriers in educational systems with respect to deaf sign language users.


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