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Basic information of the country/area
Name of the country/area Niger
Formal name of the country/area Republic of Niger
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Indigenous signs for "Niger"

Spoken languages


Sign languages

Population of Deaf/deaf people

Association of the Deaf of Niger 's official or approximate number of Deaf people: 16,000. (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 government recognises the country's sign language(s) in : the Guideline.

2. The year when the country’s government formally recognises the country’s sign language(s): 1998.

3. Deaf Association/Deaf Group lobbies the government for the recognition of the country’s sign language(s).

Organizations and associations of the Deaf/deaf

Association des Sourds du Niger (WFD member; established in 1979. (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:

Law on the Education System (LOSEN)

3.The government provides those educational settings for Deaf children and Deaf students:

Primary (From 5/6 years old to 12/13 years old)

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:

3 Deaf Schools
Other(American Sign Language)

6.Deaf people’s access to a University education and sign language interpreting services at University:

None, lack of interest on behalf of the State.

Sign language interpretation

  • 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:

12 Interpreters

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:

Court Services

5.The payment for interpreting services, and those who are responsible for paying:

Sign language interpreters receive payment for interpreting services
Deaf people pay

6.The average hourly rate of payment for sign language interpreters:

There is no one average hourly rate.

7.Sign language interpreters sometimes provide voluntary service for sign language interpreting assignments.

8.National Association of Sign Language Interpreters:


9.National Code of Ethics for sign language interpreters:


10.Legislation or policy in the country which states that the government has a responsibility for the provision of sign language :

The National Disability Act-Act715.

Deaf communities and cultures

Religious activities by the Deaf

'Now is the time' for the deaf of Niger, journeyman says

Famous Deaf persons and hearing persons concerned with sign languages

Sign language dictionaries

The country has a sign language dictionary (WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. (See Bibliography below)).


SANOGO, Yédê Adama. 2014. Manuel de langue des signes : Niger. Lomé: CBM.

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.


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