Sedibeng changes perceptions

LEPHALALE — On Friday 2 October, the learners of Sedibeng School for the Deaf ended Deaf Awareness Month (September) on a high. They walked to Lephalale Local Municipality, Mediclinic Lephalale and Lephalale Mall.

The learners enjoyed their “march” and they enthusiastically participated in all the activities. During September, the learners and teachers at Sedibeng School undertook many activities to create greater awareness of South African Sign Language. (SASL)

According to Tessa Pugh, an educator at Sedibeng, they found that many people were not aware of the importance of being familiar with SASL. Sedibeng’s awareness campaign helped to change lack of awareness! Many are now eager to learn sign language.

“I want to thank so many people who were involved in Sedibeng’s busy month.

“A huge thank you to all who welcomed us at their businesses, organisations and shops during the month.

“Thank you to the members of the Traffic Department and the SAPS who supported us all the way. You ensured that our march on Friday was one of the safest marches ever. You were extremely patient, supportive, and we are so grateful for your assistance. Everyone was supportive.

“Sedibeng’s Jerusalema performance was a winner. When the learners started their dance, the audience joined them and danced their hearts out! The fact that the learners are deaf was completely forgotten and everyone just danced together.

“At Mediclinic Lephalale, the learners were spoiled with delicious sandwiches and bottled water. At Lephalale Mall, the speakers were ready, and the music turned on.

“We want to thank the community of Lephalale for the opportunity to introduce SASL to our town and we want to invite people to contact us at Sedibeng School if you want us to teach you SASL. It is a beautiful language and we will be richer if we are able to communicate with our deaf communities.

“Finally, thank you to all my colleagues at Sedibeng who worked extremely hard to make a success of our Deaf Awareness Month. Calvin, Kwena, Annelise, Alice and Lorraine – you are my superheroes,” Tessa said. 

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