Tanzania: journalists invited to study sign language
Dodoma – LA Secretary General of the Dodoma Association of the Deaf (CHAVITA-Dodoma) Amina Issa urged journalists to study sign language to help the group also participate in debates that will help resolve the challenges of society.
Speaking to Daily News in her Dodoma office, Ms Issa said there are challenges for deaf people when it comes to voicing their opinions.
“It is a good idea for journalists to study sign language, it will help us to express our thoughts, opinions or feelings in public debates,” she told reporters, adding that this measure will boost the participation of the deaf in various media interviews, because journalists are understanding and communicate with them.
According to Ms. Issa, according to the 2012 census, Dodoma has more than 2,000 deaf people and the number of active members of the association is 642 regionally, mostly scattered in schools and churches.
Also, Ms. Issa asked people with hearing loss to come forward and join the association so that they can benefit from various aids including sign language training which is coordinated regularly.
Responding to the argument, Central (Dodoma) Press Club (CPC) secretary Ben Bago supported the movement and admitted that it was true that the challenge of dealing with the deaf was to make their opinions heard because the journalists do not have a command of sign language.
Mr Bago said reporters interviewed different people, but repeatedly ignored hearing or hearing impaired people due to a communication barrier.
The CPC secretary pledged to work with the Association of the Deaf and other stakeholders in the region to ensure that journalists in Dodoma learn the basics of sign language so that they can accurately report information. on the group and make their voices heard.