Deaf cultures and Sign Languages of the world: Botswana (Botswana)

Created 10 April 2000, links updated monthly with the help of LinkAlarm.

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Deaf education & youth


golden marble bullet(2004, March 2). First deaf students join Maun SSS. History will be made next week when three deaf students join senior secondary school in Botswana. The trio will be the first deaf students ever to go past Form Three in Botswana's education system. Maun Senior Secondary School (SSS) will have the honour of admitting the students.
golden marble bullet(2004, February 6). MOE asked to build senior school for special needs. Headmaster of Mater-Spei Secondary School in Francistown, Fraser Tlhoiwe has appealed to the Ministry of Education to consider building a Senior Secondary School for children with special needs.
golden marble bullet(2004, January 19). Teachers happy with deaf students performance. Teachers for the Deaf at Ramotswa Community Junior Secondary School are satisfied with the performance of deaf students in national examinations.
golden marble bullet(2003, December 4). Education dumps deaf student. A student with impaired hearing who sat and passed his Junior Certificate examination last year has said he is trying to come to terms with the fact that he was not offered a place at senior school. Nineteen year-old Dwililane Keatlholetswe broke the record early last year by becoming the first student with impaired hearing to pass Junior Certificate (JC) exams since the inception of secondary education for those with impaired hearing about a decade ago.
golden marble bullet(2003, March 31). Facility to contribute towards children's development. President Festus Mogae says the newly constructed recreational facility at Ramotswa Centre for the Deaf, will help teach children team work.

Miles, M. (2001, May 31). Overcoming Resource Barriers: the challenge of implementing inclusive education in rural areas. I have chosen to focus on resource barriers because they are the most widely used excuses for not promoting inclusive practice, even in the most apparently well-resourced educational settings. My teaching colleagues in the UK claim that they would be capable of so much more, 'if only there were more resources'. A lack of resources is perceived as a barrier to inclusion across cultural, geographical and economic boundaries. It is therefore important to understand what we mean by resources and begin to tackle the problem. Resources can be divided into human resources, material resources (money!), and access to information and knowledge.

Deaf health

Botswana: We Need Privacy in HIV Tests - the Disabled. The president of Botswana Association of the Deaf, Maggie Mapharing and an intern at BONELA, Shirley Keoagile, have cried foul at being left behind in the intervention strategies in the fight against HIV. "It is difficult for us to go for HIV tests due to lack of confidentiality. This is because we have to go with sign language interpreters, which compromises our right to confidentiality," Keoagile said.

Deaf history and current events

Miles, M. (2005). Deaf people living and communication in African histories, c. 960s - 1960s. There is strong documentary evidence that deaf or hearing impaired men and women, girls and boys, did occupy social space and took roles across the full spectrum of life throughout Africa in earlier centuries, living lives like everyone else and also having some different experiences. Traces and signs of deaf people appear in many sorts of historical document, such as travellers' accounts, legal and genealogical records, government, institutional and missionary archives, linguistic studies, literature, folklore, religious narrative, mime, dance and drama. Many of their experiences have involved severe economic poverty and adversity, stigmatising attitudes and exclusionary practices; yet this has not been the norm everywhere in Africa, and many deaf people have shown great resilience, perseverance, humour and ingenuity in their dealings and communications with the non-deaf world.


World Federation of the Deaf membership information: Botswana National Association of the Deaf (BAOD). Contact info only. Click on "A-B" and scroll down to the country name.