By Yusuf Akinlotan, Lagos
As United Nations commemorate 2022 International day of Sign Language, a non-governmental organization known as Mercy Adesubomi Priestley Salviders Foundation (MAPS) has joined the rest of the world in the campaign by taken the advocacy to schools in Lagos State.
As part of its efforts at bridging communication gap between people with hearing-impaired and the rest of the society, the foundation on Friday, 23rd of September took the advocacy to the students of University of Lagos Staff School and the Yaba College of Technology Staff School in Akoka area of Lagos State.
Reacting to the innovation, the Head Mistress, University of Lagos Staff school, Dr. (Mrs) Ajayi Juliet Adesimi commended the effort of the foundation revealing that it is an inclusion program which she intends to make a proposal on to be intergated as a subject in the school.
“The sign Language did not just start in the school but since last year through MAPS, so that the children can be part of what is going on in the society and function well. It is an opportunity that we do not have in our days, so we shouldn’t deny the pupils the knowledge.” Dr. Juliet asserted.
“Sign Language is evolving due to its universal advantage as the students are always eager to learn from the instructor,” this formed the submission of Mr. Adeniyi Rasak, the Head Teacher, Yaba College of Technology Staff School as the instructor and her team visited the school to teach the pupils.
He acknowledged the works put in by the NGO for taken Sign Language to the schools so that students can learn at their tender age.
“We believe in catch them young because children learn better at this tender age. The Languages is unique and Universial,” he added.
The International Day of Sign Languages is recognized by the United Nations yearly across the world on 23 September with the theme for 2022 edition being “Sign Language Unite Us.
According to MAPS founder, Anuoluwapo Priestley Adesubomi, it is an opportunity to advocate and create the awareness amongst school children and not until they get to the master level before they choose to specialise on it.
She said: “Today is the 5th year since the United Nation has started celebrating it, since 2018 and we can not leave the task to the UN or government alone, that is why we took the step further to schools such as University of Lagos Staff School and Yabatech Staff School to teach and encourage the children.”
It would be recalled that earlier in the year, the Foundation (MAPS) launched its maiden project on Sign Language in Staff School (SLISS), which was honoured by the Lagos State Ministry of Education.