Botswana Society for the Deaf (BSD) is a Non-Govermental organization aimed at advocating for the needs and welfare of the Deaf community in Botswana. BSD Owns and oversees Ramotswa and Francistown Center for Deaf Education which are the first two primary Schools in Botswana for the Deaf.
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Botswana Sign Language courses are BQA Accredited; the courses are aimed at developing the skill and knowledge needed to communicate with Deaf people. The Sign Language courses are one of the key ways in which advocacy is carried out, the more people know and understand sign language, the more the barrier of communication between the hearing and the Deaf is challenged.
Sign Language courses offered vary from Level 1-3 over durations of 6-9 weeks during the week and on weekends. Via our Sign Language courses learners enrolled with us are able to understand Deaf culture and know the basic vocabulary and possess grammar skills for basic communication.
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Botswana Society for the Deaf offers Sign Language workshops from Beginners to Intermediate to Government Ministries, Parastatals and private companies to help them challenge the communication barrier. This is one of the ways in which BSD continues to lobby for the Deaf by assisting organizations to be fluent in Sign Language such that the Deaf can easily access their various services. The duration of these workshops vary from 1-4 weeks.
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The Deaf youth empowerment program creates an environment for the deaf community to gather to learn and be empowered with various information that they may be lacking, some of the workshops hosted by BSD include:
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BSD owns and governs two Centers, Ramotswa Centre for Deaf Education (RCDE) and Francistown Centre for Deaf Education (FCDE) with assistance from Botswana Government through Ministry of Basic Education (MoBE). The two centers provide pre-primary and primary education to Deaf pupils through boarding facility.