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AAU, Special Needs Support Center (SNSC), graduate students in sign language

Addis Ababa University Special Needs Support Center (SNSC) in collaboration with FDRE Ministry of Education, graduates its students who trained in sign language and Jawish support computer training on January 30, 2020 at Nelson Mandela hall.

Addis Ababa University Special Needs Support Center (SNSC) in collaboration with FDRE Ministry of Education, graduates its students who trained in sign language and JAWS support computer training on January 30, 2020 at Nelson Mandela hall.

The center trains 90 teachers and educational leaders from the ten sub cities of Addis Ababa City administration, 26 AAU freshmen students in sign languages and also a Jewish support computer training for visually impaired freshmen students.

The 90 trainees of the ten sub cities of Addis Ababa City Administration and AAU trainees have been given an intensive training for 24 and 22 days respectively during the weekend times.

Yirgashewa Bekele (PhD), Director for special needs support center on her welcoming speech said that, Addis Ababa University special needs center in particular is working hard collaboratively with the Ministry education to strengthen the capacity of teachers particularly in the area of inclusive education.

“Among the 54 freshmen students with hearing impairment, 26 of them have no sign language skill. To avoid the problem at the early stage campus attendance, our center in collaboration with INEDIS Project of APPEAR give comprehensive training continually.” Dr. Yirgashewa said.

W/ro Asefash Tekalign in the FDRE Ministry of Education, Teachers and Educational Leaders Development Directorate Director in her opening speech, warmly thanked AAU Special Needs Support Center for its contribution and tremendous role in supporting the government in enhancing inclusive education.

W/ro Asefash said “Currently our government is highly dedicated for creating access to education for citizens; particularly FDRE Ministry of Education give special emphasis for inclusive education.”

Alemayehu Teklemariam (PhD), From Department of Special Needs Education, CEBS, Present his research findings on “Deaf students in Higher Education: Reflection on inclusion”.

Dr. Alemayehu, in his presentation said “In most parts of our country, deaf students both at elementary and high school levels do not get inclusive education and as a consequence they will face a variety of problems when they join universities.

The Program was featured with a musical dance performance by hearing impairment musicians from ‘Bego Wendimamachoch Musical Band at the end.

By: Netsanet Merete, February 4, 2020 

Photo: Andualem Assefa