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

Spoken languages


Sign languages

Mbour Sign Language

Population of Deaf/deaf people

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 does not lobby the government for the recognition of the country’s sign language(s), because we do not yet have a sign language. We are working on it. A minority practises American Sign Language which was imported here by the private school for the Deaf.

Organizations and associations of the Deaf/deaf

Association Nationale des Sourds du Senegal (WFD member; established in 1990. (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)

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:

4 Deaf Schools
Auditory Verbal

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

Simply because the handicap is not taken into account when considering criteria and access. When an isolated individual succeeds in entering university s/he does so anonymously and without special assistance.
Sign language interpreting service is not available

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:

2 Interpreters

2. Sign language interpreting qualifications.


3.The provider of the sign language interpreting services:


4.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

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

No information supplied.

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

7.National Association of Sign Language Interpreters:


8.National Code of Ethics for sign language interpreters:


9.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

The country does not have a sign language dictionary ( WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. (See Bibliography below)).


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.

Kamei, Nobutaka. 2004. The Deaf in Africa (5) Deaf views of America In: Sign Language Communication Studies (Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies, Japanese Federation of the Deaf) 51(2004.03):55-62.

Jirou, G. 2000. Analyse descriptive du parler gestuel de Mbour (Se´ne´gal). In : Me´moire de maıˆtrise de Sciences du Langage, Universite´ Paris VIII.

Glinga, W. and H-J. Lüsebrink. 1986. Sourd-muet, je demande la parole. Dossier sur Dono Ly Sangaré (Sénégal). In: W Zimmer, W Glinga, H-J Lüsebrink, et al. eds. Interviews avec des écrivains africains francophones. Bayreuth: Bayreuth University. 15-28.

Cissé S. Y. 1981. L'éducation des enfants sourds-muets au Sénégal: l'externat médico-psychopédagogique intégré. In : Educafrica. (Special issue 1981) 57-61.

Sangaré M. L. 1978. Sourd-muet: je demande la parole. Dakar: Nouvelles Editions africaines.


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