Abidjan is a city located in southern part of the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire, the largest city in this country. The first school for the deaf in French-speaking Africa was founded.
Local sign for "Abidjan"
In 1974, Andrew J. Foster, an American Deaf missionary, founded Ecole Chrétienne Ivoirienne pour les Sourds (ECIS) in Abidjan, which became the first school for the deaf in French-speaking Africa. It was renamed Ecole Ivoirienne pour les Sourds (ECIS). It became a national school in 2009 and is the only one school in this country. (Ecole Ivoirienne pour les Sourds)
Schools and institutions
Ecole Ivoirienne pour les Sourds
Université de Cocody: Deaf students, some linguists who are interested in sign languages
Mamadou (Deaf, man, Ivorian): the first Deaf teacher of ECIS. Deceased.
N'zébo (1958-2007, Deaf, man, Ivorian): a Deaf teacher of ECIS; the founder and the President of ANASOCI. Deceased.
Andrew J. Foster (1925-1987, Deaf, man, American): A missionary, the founder of ECIS. Deceased.