Awka-Office of the Governor of Anambra State on Disability Matters (OGDM) is set to begin its first session of sign language class at the Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka.
While unveiling the plans for the programme, Special Adviser to the Governor on Disability Matters, Mr Chuks Ezewuzie highlighted the importance of sign language to the society and need for people to enroll for the programme.
“Sign language is a special and unique language that everyone ought to learn.’’
He said that the governor had directed for the inclusion of sign language into schools’ curricula in the state.
“Governor’s inclusion of Sign Language into schools’ curricula necessitated the office of Disability Matters in kick-starting the free Sign language class.’’
He urged the citizens of Anambra to participate in the programme and learn the language as it is now a necessity for people’s smooth communication with the Deaf community.
“This programme is set to commence on Oct. 13 and it’s free because the governor wants Anambra people to understand and communicate with Sign Language.
“Our knowledge of Sign Language will reduce our use of sign language interpreters during events,’’ Ezewuzie said.
The Office of the Governor on Disability Matters has five sign language interpreters; one of them served as Special Assistant to the Governor on Sign Language.
Source: Anambra State Government