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The Kenya Sign Language Club

Integrating Kenya Sign Language into hearing primary and high schools for deaf inclusion

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

How many deaf friends do you have?Or may be, actually you don't have any deaf friend?Why is that you don’t have one?Would it be that you shy away since you don’t know sign language?Deaf people are excluded because speech or voice dominates as choice of communication and mostly because hearing are not aware about the Deaf and or less bothered.Ever been excluded just because of who you are?How did that make you feel?Painful, right?The very barrier that exist is the very solution for inclusion!We are a spark that ignites children and youth to identify, relearn positive attitudes for deaf inclusion and strategically realize an inclusive society.The Kenya Sign Language (KSL)Clubs are integrated Deaf spaces where hearing students learn KSL,3rd official language, in hearing schools taught by Deaf Facilitators (Deaf Facilitators Model). This will reverse the status quo where today, hearing people teach KSL in the institution that promote inclusion. At the core, this is wrong.This deepens deaf exclusion.Deaf people have the opportunity to design and develop KSL as a language.KSL Clubs are an all children and youth led advocacy strategy to win the government approval to incorporate KSL as a compulsory language.Picture this,all children, youth using KSL a language of choice! Then,a deaf child would never guess if a hearing child is a friend!Inculcation of inclusion attitudes at a tender age of 5 to over 8,000,000 primary school going children is a perfect recipe for a generation change!

WHO BENEFITS?

The deaf youth facilitator’s have increased opportunities to gain decent employment,thrive through personal,professional development growth whilst creating positive impact.There is youth scourge-Deaf youth face layered challenges to accessing decent jobs.Hearing youth will gain unique employability skills around deaf culture,interpretation and social inclusion.Elimination of shame related to Deafness for the society will be realized. A new generation of fair balanced people through inclusion.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU

We are a group of 11 Deaf volunteers aged between 18-27 years who recently completed a volunteer experiences in Nandi County with VSO Kenya,ICS Team.We created awareness on Deaf inclusion through the Inclusive Neighborhood Spaces .We will be collaborating with VSO Kenya to implement this idea.

WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?

  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda

EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

EXPERTISE IN SECTOR

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for over a year

HOW HAS YOUR IDEA CHANGED BECAUSE OF BENEFICIARY FEEDBACK?

KSL club as an advocacy strategy may not work as a stand alone approach in achieving Deaf inclusion.Inclusion is more complex and will require integrated collaborations.Stakeholders (parents, pupils, communities,policy makers,Ministry of education) need to be consulted and involved in the development of the KSL approach.Issues of child protection were eminent as most parents of Deaf children consider this as important.Existing cultural barriers play a big role to children even at tender ages.Inculcation of the positive attitudes will need to done both ways(children vs Parents).There should be awareness campaigns geared towards attitude change by hearing teachers and the hearing society at large towards deafness and language. This should involve significant changes in conceptions and role behavior.Deaf facilitators availability and capacity will need to be evaluated. Not all Deaf people who use KSL will be great facilitators.We will pilot in integrated schools since the hearing and Deaf children share the same compound.It was really inspiring to meet Hillary who grew up learning KSL from his Deaf brother.KSL will be a core approach and implemented parallel with other interventions.

HOW IS YOUR IDEA UNIQUE?

KSL Clubs will be targeting new context and users.These are children in hearing schools and of the ages 5-17 years with an objective of generational positive attitude change to inclusion.99.9% of the KSL lessons targets professionals for career development purposes.Engagement of Deaf Facilitators as teachers of KSL rather than hearing people.This reverses the status quo and will give Deaf people an opportunity to design and develop KSL as a language and revamp existing rigid curriculum into deaf friendly.Deaf facilitators must be youth to tackle unemployment whilst developing professional skills.The model is efficient as its will use existing schools systems and replicable nationwide and globally.This social activism by children and for children towards Deaf inclusion.We are all Deaf and this will be Deaf Youth Led.We will have a grand opportunity to collaboratively lead our own change.Our team of has 4 skilled facilitators and have wealth of experiences teaching KSL in schools.VSO Kenya expertise in social inclusion and nationwide reach is a great plus.VSO will be enhancing our capacity through a Social Inclusion Training of facilitators course.Nothing for us without us!

WHY DO YOU THINK THAT THE PROBLEM YOUR IDEA SOLVES FOR HAS NOT BEEN SOLVED?

Deaf children are prepared to thrive in Deaf space by attending Deaf primary and high schools and arent prepared enough to the realities that the 98% of the world is hearing.Most interventions prepare Deaf people to fit into the hearing community.Inclusion is the regular classroom(Speech) adapting to the child’s needs.Based on this definition,the world should adapt to their needs.Deafness is not a visible disability and doesn't require structural adjustment rather attitudinal(families and community) and this is usually hardest of interventions to achieve.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS IDEA?

Are there enough Deaf facilitators ?Do they have competencies to teach children?Will they need capacity building?
How shall we mitigate bureaucratic procedures for approval from Ministry of Education to start KSL clubs?
Are there existing Social Inclusion child friendly teaching approaches?
Is there adequate supply for Kenya Sign Language interpreters for regular schools in Kenya?

IS THIS IDEA NEW FOR YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION?

Deaf inclusion isn't new and the KSL idea is new.Using the Deaf Facilitators model and targeting children as change agents is the key difference.

WHO WILL IMPLEMENT THIS IDEA?

The project will be implemented by the VSO ICS Deaf alumni in collaboration with VSO Kenya.VSO Kenya role is to provide technical support such as project management,advocacy and policy work and linkages to various stakeholders .We are also looking for collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development,Deaf Youth associations and innovation hubs to explore ICT opportunities for Deaf Inclusion.

In Kenya,Deafness is a source of shame for families and many parents don't know any Kenyan Sign Language (KSL) to enable them to communicate with their own children.Worse,it seen as punishment from God and parents are so embarrased and hide their children.You will find children will never say the light of day in a class.Poverty and prejudice mean deaf children and youth are often ignored and receive little support at school. Many people do not know how to interact with a deaf person - like how we may rely on lip reading, or good lighting and body language. This means that actively all the time,Deaf people are always fighting to understand and help others understand, which can be tiring.

According to the Kenya National Survey for Persons with Disabilities (NCAPD, 2008), about 4.6 percent of Kenyans experience some form of disability, and about 0.5 percent of Kenyans have some type of hearing impairment.In 2013, the Kenya Society for Deaf the Kenya Society for Deaf Children (2013) reported that out of 200,000 deaf children needing education only 8,000 were in school, A study by Kiaritha (2011) found that deaf students attending universities in Kenya make up 7.4% compared to 15.4% visually impaired and 77.2% physically handicapped. These findings indicate that parents of deaf and hard of hearing and the society generally have low expectations of deaf children regarding their educational potentials and career choices.

It is a sad fact that then nearly 90% of deaf individuals who finish their high school education, cannot effectively read and write, attain higher education or find meaningful employment. Consequently, a majority of the deaf living in Kenya experience poor socioeconomic outcomes. Based on these outcomes, the quality of deaf education in Kenya is indeed questionable.With this approach,we foresee Deaf children making a choice over hearing or deaf school.The KSL approach doesn't eliminate use of interpreters or Deaf schools,it will increase choices for Deaf people around school,choice of communication. Deaf diversity continues to be celebrated.

VSO Kenya’s vision is of a world without poverty and the mission is to bring people together to fight poverty. VSO Kenya is committed to fighting poverty through participatory approaches and engagement of key stakeholders as we believe people are the best agents of change and progress is only possible by working together. The International Citizen Service Deaf pilot engaged deaf youth from UK and Kenya in volunteering for development, to empower the deaf in Nandi and ultimately contributed towards enhancing integration of the deaf with the hearing people in Nandi.

The volunteering experiences have spurred us national volunteers to start KSL Clubs in hearing schools to tackle deaf exclusion.Our hypothesis is that Deaf Inclusion exists since speech dominates and hearing people arent aware of use of KSL. As such majority of hearing people aren’t aware about Deafness thus little interest in Deaf Culture.Evidently,KSL as a life skill necessary to build the relationship between the deaf community and the hearing community.We want to test this hypothesis through the KSL Clubs.Our dream is world where everyone uses KSL.Article 7(3) advocates promotion, development, research and use of Kenyan Sign Language, while Article 120 confers KSL as one of the three official languages of the Parliament.

From the prototyping,we realized that KSL club advocacy strategy may not work as stand alone approach in achieving Deaf inclusion.Inclusion is more complex and will require integrated collaborations.Stakeholders (parents, pupils, communities,policy makers,Ministry of education) need to be consulted and involved in the development of the KSL approach.Issue of child protection were eminent as most parents of Deaf children consider this as important.Existing cultural barriers play a big role to children even at tender ages.Inculcation of the positive attitudes will need to done both ways(children vs Parents).There should be awareness campaigns geared towards attitude change by hearing teachers and the hearing society at large towards deafness and language. This should involve significant changes in conceptions and role behavior.Deaf facilitators availability and capacity will need to be evaluated. Not all Deaf people who use KSL will be great facilitators.We will pilot in integrated schools since the hearing and Deaf children share the same compound.It was really inspiring to meet Hillary who grew up learning KSL from his Deaf brother.KSL will be a core approach and implemented parallel with other interventions.

Our dream stands-Imagine all children in primary and high school learning and using KSL as a language of choice!Imagine the First KSL university in Africa as well as the first Deaf Innovation Hub for Africa for Deaf people!Imagine most corporates learning and using KSL. Imagine Deaf youth accessing and enjoying more choice over what they study!A world where you are you and live your life purpose. Leave no one behind!





SHARE ONE SENTENCE ABOUT THE IMPACT YOU WOULD LIKE THIS PROJECT TO HAVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW, AND ONE QUESTION YOU NEED TO ANSWER TO GET THERE.

Developing children and youth as social inclusion champion through KSL clubs.

How might we work collaboratively with all the actors to attract and develop children and youth into social inclusion champions?

MY ORGANIZATION'S OPERATING BUDGET FOR 2015 WAS:

  • Under $100,000

MY INTENDED BENEFICIARIES ARE:

  • Within 50 km of where our team does most of its work
  • Within 100 km of where our team does most of its work
  • Within 500 km of where our team does most of its work
  • More than 500 km from where our team does most of its work

HOW LONG HAVE YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES BEEN WORKING ON THIS PILOT PROJECT TOGETHER?

  • Between 6 months and a year

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We are interested to learn and share,collaboratE and network with like minded people on social change.We are also very keen to use this platform to challenge all innovators and the ideo platform to intentional relook their work for Deaf inclusion and social inclusion broadly.
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Antony

Role added on team:

"Antony Were lead in prototyping and documenting findings in Bungoma County,Western part of Kenya.Antony has degree in Special Needs Education and passionate for inclusion."

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Josephine wakonyo

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"Josephine, 19 years and the youngest member of the team led in prototyping in Nakuru.She has volunteer experiences working as assistant teacher in a Deaf school."

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Joyce Mathew

Role added on team:

"Joyce Matthew has been our Technical adviser on Special Education.She was key informant in understanding history of KSL. She supported in the prototype planning.She has worked in Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE) and in Ghana as Special Education Needs Adviser."

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Robert Gichia

Role added on team:

"He is an accomplished KSL interpreter and works voluntarily to support with accessing information through interpretation services.He supported the Nairobi team prototyping."

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Dorcas Imerina

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"Dorcas role was design thinking,prototyping planning and actual delivery.She was the Nairobi Team KSL Facilitator and conducted interviews as well."

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Wanjiku Thuo

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"Wanjiku is an accomplished KSL interpreter and offered access to communication to the Deaf team during the design thinking stage and feedback phase."

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Penninah Waturi

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"Peninah lead the whole team through the design thinking,prototyping planning and delivery and collation of information from all four sites.She kept all of us on our toes!"

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Gerishon Muhawani

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"Gerishon took lead in the initial design thinking and prototyping planning phase."

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jane Nduta j

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"Jane is an accomplished Deaf specialist.She lead the Nandi team in prototype planning,delivery and collation of feedback."

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Daniel Munyoroku

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"Made all amazing videos!!"

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The countdown begins, 11 days to the grand announcement. This has been quite a journey worth taking, alot of learnings and until we realise our objective, there is no reason whatsoever to stop here.

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https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/youth-empowerment-challenge/impact/students-radio-and-tv-station-at-the-media-challenge-academy/comments#c-11e94a45652052082a1b9e18d3c05fa3

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Children need relationships and friendships to develop social skills. These skills are necessary to develop social relations later on in life, Children with different degrees of peer acceptance, social competence, and friendship relations have been found to show differences in their behavioral development. Neglected children, who are neither liked nor disliked by their peers, have low social visibility. Therefore Children with more friends have fewer adjustment problems, have higher self-esteem, report less loneliness, enjoy wider peer acceptance, and display better school adjustment, positive attitudes toward school, and better achievement, Children who are rejected by their peers are at risk for school failure or drop out.
The KSL club will help in intergrating the deaf children with their hearing counter parts. This will improve learning and also improve participation in the schools activities since now the deaf children feel acknowledged and accepted..

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Dear Nancy and team,

What a wonderful idea to submit! I agree that inclusion is the best practice and ideal to work towards. I like the idea of using clubs and Deaf facilitators to create awareness and inclusion. Wishing you all the best of luck and I hope to connect with you soon to see how we may be able to collaborate to provide We Share Solar Suitcases to Deaf Schools or Community Centres in Kenya and Uganda through your network.

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I love all the points you made here and l totally agree all Nancy! You're incredibly wise a lady. ..I hope someday l will teach all those..It's really helped hearing our language because children are born deaf should hearing parents and their child learn a sign ... .parent most often don't know a sign language to teach their children. ...
I wish all the best Nancy, if God is willing

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We have just received our new year gift from Mpindi Abaas -Deaf Inclusion step 1 and 2.Step 1-Awareness(moment of obligation).Step 2-Action!!!!

We already have impact just through this forum. Mpindi Abaas  and his team redid their Impact video with subtitles following The Kenya Sign Language Club advice on Deaf Inclusion.This makes information accessible to Deaf People!!Congratulations Mpindi Abaas and his team.They have won the The Kenya Sign Language Club Deaf Inclusion award for 2017!!Please check out their video!

https://youtu.be/VCfgIB4ycg0
They have given The Kenya Sign Language Club APPRECIATION Team 

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Nancy Wagi we are forever grateful and humbled to receive the Deaf Inclusion Award. You and your team made it possible for us to rethink our video and that video is not just impact story for OpenIDEO, it is indeed testimony that the advocacy work you do has impacted across the region.

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Thank you!Watch this space and get ready for the Deaf Inclusion Award Chelsea -We have mini award here just amongst us-Hope that is fine-I thought it would be great for you to know..We want to appreciate Mpindi Abaas and his team for being Deaf friendly!They redid impact video to include subtitles!!We will make a short video of appreciation with more Deaf culture tips Team  Chelsea -Is that okey?

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Thanks Nancy for the spotlight. There is a hero in the background, behind the scenes and unsung hero. Our producer at the academy who made sure that we get our subtitles working. He is name is @Shiru. He may not see this but I think he spent nights doing this and thought I can shout that out.

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Great!! @Shiru -Receive The Deaf Inclusion Hero crown from The Kenya Sign Language Club ! Inclusion is a journey that is continuous and happy you burnt the midnight oil to make it happen!Asante Sana!

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Dear Nancy and Team,
This is an extraordinary project. I had not taken a close look at it and I am sad it took me this long but nevertheless, what you are proposing is practical and the real epitome of inclusiveness. Most projects propose inclusion of deaf or any groups into the project so that they can follow and become part, but your idea proposes to bring the people into the world of the deaf. What we need are people and a world that understands the world of the deaf hence no discrimination. I can't say much. You have opened my eyes to new way of looking at things and will be forever inspired.

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Mpindi Abaas We are delighted that The Kenya Sign Language Club project is life changing idea for you and that you are inspired to immerse yourself to the Deaf world.Now that you are here -Get ready to celebrate life diversity more and make new friends and tap into 'quite' clientele!To me inclusion is a synonym for Human Centered Design!!

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Nancy
I can't agree with you much on inclusion being at the heart of HCD. Our programs are about people and that is why HCD is relevant. At the Media Challenge Initiative We celebrate diversity and inclusion and learning new ways to incoperate them in our projects is the best thing that can happen to us. We are more than ready to immerse ourselves in 'our world' not even the Deaf world and I personally I am excited to tap into 'quite clientele'
Thank you for your insights!

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You are MOST WELCOME! Please read our stories here!

https://www.facebook.com/VSO-ICS-Deaf-Volunteers-in-Nandi-County-278947832470706/

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Checked it out already and liked the page as well. Here is our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Mediachallengeinitiative/

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Hey!

Please read our stories-!!
https://www.facebook.com/VSO-ICS-Deaf-Volunteers-in-Nandi-County-278947832470706/

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Hi Nancy!
What a great idea!
I would love to see a more elaborate answer on the question; 'where will this take place'? I think your proposal would benefit from a more tangible/physical answer on this. Where exactly and in what kind of setting will the club take place? I think that with those answers it will be easier to imagine what the club could look like, easier to understand the environment around it and how to relate to it.
Good luck!

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Katja Thanks for your question!The Kenya Sign Language (KSL)Club will be started in hearing primary and high schools as an extra curriculum activity same as Scouts and or Girl Guides movement.The club will be operating in the school compound.This means the students will be left behind after regular classes.This will be from 1600-1645 Hours. The classes will be 40 minutes long twice a week and for 6 -8 weeks depending on the school term.The third terms are usually shorter.The Facilitators will be Deaf youth from the area.We will use different learning approaches to suit different learners.Session will be held indoors and or outdoors depending on the lesson activity.From the prototyping,we realized it will be effective to start rolling out the clubs in integrated schools which have existing Deaf units.Hearing schools that are not integrated will be having learning exposure visits to Deaf schools.We will develop the curriculum to be fun,participatory and child/youth friendly.The club patron will be teacher who is passionate and committed to Deaf inclusion and or Social Inclusion broadly.Does it this make it clearer?

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Team http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-19/deaf-community-hails-school-rollout-of-auslan-curriculum/8132474?pfmredir=sm

Increase your inspiration and know ITS POSSIBLE!!We have an ally to learn from-Australia!!

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A single step makes the beginning of a long journey which I believe the ksl clubs have started!

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I totally agree with this Nancy, nothing can block us when we believe in what we do and what we want to archive.

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http://www.nippon-foundation.or.jp/en/what/spotlight/sign_language/overview/index.html

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Very true Nancy, we can buy best practices from them. Nothing is impossible.

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Am really looking forward to read on thier journey!!!

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Hi Nancy and Team! Amplify and our experts have some comments and questions for you - we encourage you to think about this feedback as you continue to improve and refine your idea.

We’re conscious about what would happen to current KSL teachers - deaf teachers could be hired in schools which haven't had KSL classes before and when non-deaf teachers retire/ leave their post voluntarily. It would also be great to convince the government to introduce KSL as a mandatory subject for all Kenyan children. Hearing youth will gain unique employability skills around deaf culture,interpretation and social inclusion.

Questions:
How do you estimate your success in getting government approval to have KSL as a mandatory subject in all schools and do you feel the government would provide enough funding ? What's the expected time frame for achieving this? Are there enough deaf people trained to be teachers or what would be your strategy to do so?

In case you missed it, OpenIDEO and Amplify hosted a Storytelling Office Hour - https://youtu.be/g0gZRR6T9tA. Storytelling is an incredibly useful tool to articulate an idea and help make it come to life! Don't forget - December 18th is your last day to make changes to your idea on the OpenIDEO platform.

Looking forward to reading more!

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Hey Chelsea,Thanks for your feedback!KSL clubs will be started in hearing schools which currently have no KSL clubs as well no deaf teachers.KSL is only taught as an examinable language in Deaf schools and not necessarily by Deaf teachers which to us is absolutely wrong as it furthers deepens exclusion. The KSL clubs in hearing schools will employ the Deaf Facilitators Model DFM to reverse the status quo and give the Deaf people an opportunity to lead and develop their own language. The DFM models simultaneously tackles stereotypes “Deaf and Dumb “as its evident that ,more time spent with Deaf people, hearing people slowly fade off their assumptions on Deafness. As such, we will not need wait for teachers to retire voluntarily rather we will be engaging new Deaf Facilitators thus creating employment. We do not have enough trained teachers because there have been no opportunities for them. Kenya has a population of 800,000 Deaf people and 75% of Kenyan population is youth thus inferring possibilities of having over 600,000 Deaf Youth facilitators. The challenge is capacity building .We will need to develop a training of trainers for the Deaf youths to build their capacity.This will include on job training where thy work alongside a qualified experienced teacher for mentorships and experiential learning.

Our strategy for KSL inclusion is through advocacy through citizen engagement and social accountability.Specifically,to have children and youth led Change. This will be driven by critical numbers of children learning and using KSL.Currently we have 8million school going primary school children only. Our plan is to roll out clubs then we will have a better platform to leverage with the government on adoption of KSL as a mandatory subject on evidence based results .
Secondly, there is already government recognition of KSL which is in the constitution as a third national language. The others are English and Kiswahili. 2017 is an electoral year in Kenya hence there are good chances of getting the commitment in the form of an election pledge. In addition, The government of Kenya , is currently reviewing the education curriculum in 2017 and children's Act . to feature KSL in all these policy documents
Our strategy is working collaboratively with VSO Kenya to raise the profile of the KSL so that it can be allocated resources- finances and time in the curriculum’s Kenya has led in previous success policy work on volunteerism and works closely with the Ministry of Education in Inclusive education and released the first ever report on Inclusive Education In Kenya.
We shall also link this to the African Union process whereby in 2017 the Africa Union(AU) is developing its ten year strategy for implementation of human rights. We shall therefore flag if this a crucial human right and hence provide the government with further reference point. Further, we shall push for its inclusion in the AU protocol for people with disabilities that is also being developed in 2017. This evidences enough allies and a constitutional backing.

Time frame- one year to secure a political commitment. This will be in the form of electoral pledges as well as inclusion in the AU ten year HR implementation strategy as well as inclusion in the AU disabilities protocol that is also being developed.
Two years to hold the government accountable for implementation of the commitments delivered in 2017.

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Chelsea Team http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-19/deaf-community-hails-school-rollout-of-auslan-curriculum/8132474?pfmredir=sm

This is our ASK!Its possible-Australia have done it--KSL is NEXT!!

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"If we all take care of another and go the extra mile to appreciate and work together, we all gain - each one of us is lifted up" This is amazing piece Nancy I totally agree with the motto leave no one behind, lets all fight for exclusivity and  shun down discrimination in the society.

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Leave no one behind!Everyone matters !Everyone deserve a chance to live their full potential!!

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Fantastic idea Wagi,
Come to think of it I have a deaf client whom we communicate through writing notes "He writes then I write back to respond."I wish I could communicate in sign language he would feel more ppreciated I believe.
Count my boys and I in your class.All the best

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Yes!Imagine how much business you could tap into if the bank was Deaf friendly!!The class is getting bigger!!

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The idea of Kenyan sign language clubs will be an eye opener to the larger society as many people have always wanted to communicate with the deaf but they have been evading them (Deaf) due to lack of proper communication in sign language. If the Deaf facilitators act as teacher assistants they will gain more skills and confidence working alongside the hearing thus promoting deaf inclusion. At family level communication will improve and the deaf child will not feel excluded as well as participation in community activities that are done by other children

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No more evading!!

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A times we,human being make mistakes. In our haste to do all things for all people, we do not foresee the full consequences of our actions. And when the people raise their voices, we don’t hear. Not knowing, deafness is only a temporary condition, and not an irreversible condition.This reminds me of personal challenge on verbalization when I can't find it easy to utter even a cent of word when in a formal conversation.

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mmmmmmh....@wanga....May we learn to ask and ask to know so that we don't rush...Have you thought of learning KSL?

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I would urge instead of thinking " it a reversible condition" just learn Sign language, If asked, its the most beautiful Language any human should learn.

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I need to encourage for the development of language hearing children be exposed to good language model in a signed language as soon as impact who are better. ...

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Fantastic! !!��☺��l  know an awesome kid whose hearing and am excited with other people who accept test  learn how to cmmunicate with her better. It is so worth it for impact integration  .... ..

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Really encouraging to meet Hillary and he signs very well!

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Yes of course he is

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I admire your work, ideas and passion. This article makes me slow down and take a moment to focus on a new, unexplored topic. As a person with no friends with impaired hearing I don’t know anything about their lives and barriers. I like the idea of people with hearing issues teaching the people with regular hearing ability the sign language too. Amazing!

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Indulge and make new friends-slow down and look for them-you will find them and you will be amazed on the beauty beyond SPEECH!

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A Great idea that will incorporate KSL into the everyday languages that we use. in a short while, after school, those in the deaf community will communicate more easily in life situations outside schools, and those that hear can switch to using KSL when communicating with the deaf during everyday conversation!

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I recommend that we make KSL our hobby and make as many deaf friends as possible! Keep it up Nancy.

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Good  work Nancy and Team.  This is a very noble and innovative idea and will impact positively the target group in the East Africa region. I wish you ALL the BEST. Thanks

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Good stuff,I'm really proud of you. keep up with good work 

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Great enlightening thoughts girl. Wish you all the best as you pioneer the project to fruition

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Brilliant idea  indeed 
Very few people in kenya can sign in KSL hence this project will help to ensure that the number is up scaled.

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To great the concepts who is made this KSL club, improvements of deaf community interacting with hearing community into the inclusion.... DEAF NOT DUMP...

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Deaf not Dump!!!!!!

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My uncle is deaf but I never made an effort to get closer into his world.As a child I feared him....now I wish I could turn back the hands of time. Last week I saw a deaf man sign on watsapp video and he was so animated in his chat.... i envied his "secret world". Yesterday I had a first time encounter with a client that is deaf but speaks....and because of recent sensitization by you Nancy, I tried my best to use my " awkward signs" to communicate.When I was successful her smile of content warmed my heart. Nancy you are already bringing change around you. I want to learn sign language and hope Kellu will learn this invaluable skill  in school. Cheering you all the way to petition and implementation level

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Wooooooow!This is a powerful story http://Rose...am happy you have decided to explore the Deaf"secret" world..and that is life changing for you!You have warmed my heart this morning.Kellu--my second student after Husna...and what about the library that makes your  heart throb...what if it was both for hearing and Deaf children and youth?Let's talk...and your Uncle..its KSL away to engage with him...spend time with him...and you will pick KSL!Every blessing!

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This is stunning idea, am touched especially the little girl Kavesa. Am now interested in for sign language classes. For sure Nancy, leave no one behind.

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Yes its sooooo beautiful to see children learn and embrace inclusion!Is Husna interested?

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She can be introduced.

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Well done Wagi. Great idea. This is your calling for sure, your little baby. Naurture it, see it grow all the way to legislation. Keep pushing and dont give up. It may take time, but with persistence and conviction, it will get done.  Go for it.  You can count on my signature when that time comes!  Mweru.

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Thanks Charity!Are you suggesting petition way?

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Kindness is the language that deaf people can hear. Are our programs deaf friendly? When you meet a deaf child/youth/adult what do you think of them? We "hearing" people can learn how to communicate with the deaf in Sign language. Something I came to realize is; Deafness is the only disability that can have it's role change as far as communication and deaf culture is concerned, when you are in a meeting and it's full of deaf people you are the only hearing person with no interpreter how would you feel? Imagine that little boy in a family where everyone uses speech and speech dominates in conversation, the child feels left out.. Let's be inclusive for the sake of that child and many others who can't even interact with their peera because of the stereotype and myths about deafness in the community.. #Inclusion
#WeAreOne

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when you are in a meeting and it's full of deaf people you are the only hearing person with no interpreter how would you feel?--great reflection

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Absolutely love this, a powerful project highlighting the importance of inclusion of deaf people. It demonstrates that we all have responsibility to ensure that we tear down barriers that that have excluded people based on their ability.
"Leave no one behind"

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Thanks Hellen!Introducing inclusion responsibilities at a tender age...!

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It's perfect ideas but it's wise to share with deaf teachers by profession who worked at School for the Deaf for many years, they may give comments and challenges so that you can implement it smoothly. 

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Thanks Evans!We had two Deaf teachers consulted and we  need to talk to more...would you have any contacts to share with us?

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Definitely a great idea. Inclusion, is the way to go. Yearning for the final destination where no one will feel excluded. Here to support! Great work Wagi !!

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Thanks Majina and thanks for supporting Machakos team prototype!

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For the better tomorrow we are here to bring the best.

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Inclusion is the way to go, we all need to ensure the society we live in is barrier free and all are enjoying equal rights, access to information, education, various services. this can only be realized if we all join hands in the inclusion Journey, start small for instance by knowing how to greet a Deaf person, check how their feeling and sign your name...Try Deaf inclusion and you will never regret it, it a world full of great things....if we are inclusive, the world will be a better place for all of us. together we can succeed in this journey of having a society fit for us all... Lets join hands, Lets be Inclusive

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Start small..baby steps..all journey start with a step... 

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Let's do this! 
It got to start 

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This is the most brilliant idea of all times. I believe that as we move forth we shall get past the answered questions and get to implementation. Can't wait to see Us there because we can!

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Here is what we need to work for. We always required for change and we here to do so. As far as we could, it would be different for future generation to come not only for our deaf children but also hearing ones as well who would feel inclusive. Lets building it with one step as we do not know what our tomorrow will be.

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Wow Wagi!!! this is very eye opening. 'Deaf but not Dumb'. am sitting here wondering how I can be of help really....bless your work!!

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This is an awesome idea @nancywagi . Deliberate engagement from an early age, allow deliberate inclusion through two way communication. This idea is really BIG and deserves financial and legislative support. All the best Wagi!!!

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Team --totally agree Jonathan!Thanks for this!Please link us with collaborators!

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First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. Powerful Concept here! Keep it up!

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Mativu-Thanks for your encouragement and input--When I met you was my start of Learning KSL!

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Deaf people are very keen and anxious to get  new information. What do you think they feel when they see people talking in their midst without including them? Young deaf people need to share ideas in politics, social life, religious , economic and all activities with their hearing counterparts by getting first hand information as they grow up. This can only be achieved if only KSL is used alongside other national languages for communication.

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Powerful!!who want second hand information-not you and not me!

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That is great. I wish you all the best and may be God bless you Nancy !!!!!!!!!!

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Am deaf and not dump and I would like to be among the changer of this world,  we leave in a world of our own sometimes its difficult to interact with hearing people since the awareness and compain of making  people understand one another is very rear a would like every person to understand that it is not by choice but  by nature we find ourselves deaf, hearing talk and deaf sign but the masenge they want to pass is same 

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Great ideas and great minds for the young generation of Deaf Kenyans. Kudos Nancy for piloting this project. It will proof to the world that being deaf is not a license to silence. The main goal of communication is to access information in whichever method is best for every one. Lets embrace the use of Kenyan sign language and create an inclusive society for all.  Joyce

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This is a very nice article. Inclusion should be embarrassed in all aspects of life and nation development . 

Irene
Challenged Network of Kenya 

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Yes leave no one behind!  excellent concept Nancy. Good luck! 

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Nancy, keep the fire burning in social inclusion.  I am proud of you.

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It is a known fact that People respond to authority, or that they respond to kindness and inclusion. I am obviously in the latter. I think that people respond better to reward than punishment. Today when I think about diversity, I actually think about the word 'inclusion. Having a deaf friendly society is possible. It can be done! Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and I am sure if we include them in our programs and make them accessible then the world will be a better place for us all.. Good initiative Nancy 

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Brilliant concept.  Really pleased to see VSO Kenyan counterparts carrying on the work by VSO Nandi County volunteers which I was a part of. 

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Congratulations Nancy. ...... a good idea to discuss this with ..... learn new skills ��☺����

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This should have come long time ago..... Glad you made such great realization. Yes to integration. Its never too late.

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Brilliant and powerful concept. Good luck ! 

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Great goal for deaf community.... We are looking forward to this concept.

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Wonderful concept.... This is a way to integrate the hearing community into the deaf community.

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Great thoughts here. It will definitely realize great impact