UK-based Organization Makes Being Deaf in Uganda Cool

This article tells an interesting tale of a Cambridge, UK – based organization named “Cambridge to Africa” and how it is changing lives in Uganda using mobile phones.  More specifically, how it is changing lives for deaf children.

We’re all guilty of texting, playing games on our phones, surfing the web, etc.. during class.  Phones have been a problem for US teachers for the past few years now.  But in Uganda, Phones in the classroom have become the lifeline for some deaf children.  These phones allow them to communicate in a way they haven’t been able to before.  Without the quality Special Education classes and teachers that we have in places like the US and UK, deaf children in rural Uganda are left with no way to learn sign language in the classroom and communicate with their peers.

This article outlines how this program not only allows deaf children to become literate, through using text on their mobiles, to being included and being the “cool kids” because they have cell phones and others don’t .  Deaf children already have so much adversity, no matter where in the world they are, and I really like this program and how it is addressing a niche development problem, but also giving these kids a social life too.

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Recent MHA graduate currently living in Iowa. View all posts by Scott Hurtgen

3 responses to “UK-based Organization Makes Being Deaf in Uganda Cool

  • ssimon1

    I think this is a really cool initiative and yet another way cell phones are being used for new and innovative causes in the developing world. It is hard enough for children to receive an adequate education in countries like Uganda, so for those with disabilities have an almost impossible hurdle in front of them. It is great that these children are now able to communicate and learn in school, while at the same time accessing the latest technologies. I do think there is much more to be done, though. These children should also be learning sign language and not solely relying on their phones; but for now, this is a start and a way to make some much needed progress in education in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • acarbone

    It certainly is a start, but I wonder exactly how it helps them become literate, do they really receive the special attention required to learn to read from phone use alone? Are they self-teaching?

  • sophiwaterr

    That article was so inspiring. What a creative idea! It also brings up a recurring theme of educational dilemmas. Many of the problems we have looked at seem to stem from lack of teachers and proper educational funding.
    In my opinion something like this is one of the changes to make in impoverished or underdeveloped areas. Education should take priority over sending troops to war, or reducing taxes on the wealthy.
    Great project, I wouldn’t be surprised if it wins an award.

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