|Name of the country/area||Gambia|
|Formal name of the country/area||Republic of The Gambia|
|Country/area information||The World Factbook (CIA)|
Indigenous signs for "Gambia"
Illustrations in the literature
"Gambia" (In: Japanese Federation of the Deaf ed. Supervisor: Hedberg, Tomas. 2003. Country name-signs. Helsinki, Finland: World Federation of the Deaf. 95.)
Population of Deaf/deaf people
Gambia Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing's official or approximate number of Deaf people: 20,066. (WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. : See Bibliography below.)
Legal status of sign languages
- Status of the National Sign Language(s) from WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. (See Bibliography below).
1. The country’s government does not formally recognise the country’s sign language(s).
2. Deaf Association/Deaf Group lobbies the government for the recognition of the country’s sign language(s)
- Sign language has no officially recognized status, is not used as the first language in education of deaf people and is not recognized as the main means of communication between deaf persons and others. (Government Implementation of the Standard Rules As Seen By Member Organizations of World Federation of the Deaf – WFD : The Gambia Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Gambia , 1997.)
Organizations and associations of the Deaf/deaf
Gambia Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WFD member; established in 1992. (WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. : See Bibliography below.))
Institutes, associations and universities for sign language studies
Education for the deaf
- Access to Education from WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. (See Bibliography below).
1.The government recognizes that Deaf children and Deaf students have the right to receive an education.
2.Legislation or policies on Deaf Education:
3.The government provides those educational settings for Deaf children and Deaf students:
- Primary (From 5/6 years old to 12/13 years old)
- Secondary (From 12/13 years old to 17/18 years old)
- Vocational Education/Training
4.The government provides bilingual education using the country’s sign language(s) for Deaf children and Deaf students in those educational settings:
5.Total number of schools specifically for Deaf children and Deaf students in the country, and the educational approach for communicating with Deaf children and students at the Deaf School:
- 1 Deaf School
- Oral and Sign Language (Total Communication)
6.Deaf people’s access to a University education and sign language interpreting services at University:
- None, For most of the few educated Deaf people, the level of education reached is not sufficient to gain admission to university; or they cannot afford to pay for their studies; or the university has no facilities for Deaf students.
Sign language interpretation
- There is an association of sign language interpreters in this country. from WASLI Activities Report 2007-2011 (See Bibliography below).
- Status of Sign Language Interpreting Services from WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. (See Bibliography below).
1.The number of sign language interpreters in the country:
2. Sign language interpreting qualifications.
3.The provider of the sign language interpreting services:
- National Association of the Deaf
4.The area of life sign language interpreting services are available:
- Social Services
- Health/Medical Services
- Employment Services
- Court Services
- Educational Services
- Counselling Services
- Financial Institutions
5.The payment for interpreting services, and those who are responsible for paying:
- Sign language interpreters receive payment for interpreting services
- National Association of the Deaf/Deaf Group pays
6.The average hourly rate of payment for sign language interpreters:
- 1,500.00 Dalais per month (46.65€ on 31st May 2008)
7.Sign language interpreters provide voluntary service for all sign language interpreting assignments.
8.National Association of Sign Language Interpreters:
- Independent from the National Association of the Deaf.
9.National Code of Ethics for sign language interpreters:
- There is.
10.Legislation or policy in the country which states that the government has a responsibility for the provision of sign language :
Deaf communities and cultures
Religious activities by the Deaf
Famous Deaf persons and hearing persons concerned with sign languages
Sign language dictionaries
WASLI (World Association of Sign Language Interpreters). 2011. WASLI Sponsorship Programme 2011. Kampala, UGANDA.
WASLI (World Association of Sign Language Interpreters). 2011. WASLI Activities Report 2007-2011. Kampala, UGANDA.
WASLI (World Association of Sign Language Interpreters). 2011. WASLI country report 2011 Gambia
World Federation of the Deaf and Swedish National Association of the Deaf. 2008. Global Survey Report. WFD Regional Secretariat for Western and Central Africa Region (WFD WCAR). Global Education Pre-Planning Project on the Human Rights of Deaf People. World Federation of the Deaf. Finland.
Jatta, John. 2006. Inclusive Education Networking in The Gambia
History of sign language research
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