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  • Writer's pictureHannah Mestermann

We Take On: International Sign Language Day

Yesterday, the world came together in support of the cultural diversity and linguistic community of all deaf people and other sign language users.

There are approximately 72 million deaf people worldwide, with more than 80% of them living in developing countries. Collectively, they use more than 300 different sign languages.

September 23rd is the day in which the identity and capability of all these people are celebrated. It encourages local, national and global leaders to use sign language in partnership with national associations of deaf people in each country, as well as other deaf-led organisations in the aims of achieving full inclusion of people with disabilities.

4% of people in the UAE have a hearing impairment and there is actually an Emirati Sign language.

This past week, all pupils at Kent College were taught the basics of British Sign Language- as well as the whole alphabet. We spent hours mastering the arts of saying "hello," "good morning," "thank you" and even spelling our names. Some even managed full conversations:

And to close off; here is a video from our wonderful Performing Arts Team:

What did you learn in sign language this week? Do you already know it- and if so; in what language?

Let us know in the comments- or on our instagram @kcdspeaks


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