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.