ULPDO Spreads Deaf Awareness
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The month of September saw South Africans commemorate Heritage Month and Deaf Awareness Month.
The University Language Planning and Development Office (ULPDO) used this opportunity to raise awareness for South African Sign Language under the theme: SASL Matters: Towards an Inclusive and Mindful Society. This theme seeks to promote South African Sign Language SASL within the University community.
This was done by sharing a SASL flyer with a message of support to the university community throughout September 2022. The Office reiterated its support of the SASL as the 12th South African official language. This stance was also portrayed on the SASL flyer for the 2022 academic year.
The ULPDO also ran a special competition for the University community. Students and staff were requested to send videos with messages of support to the Deaf community using SASL. All videos were shared on the ULPDO website. The best message of support received a book voucher, ULPDO publications, a memory stick, as well as a UKZN-SASL t-shirt.
The ULPDO would like to thank SASL competition winner, Ms Samukelisiwe Ndlovu and all participants for sharing beautiful messages of support.
‘Hello everyone. I hope you are all good. My name is Samke. Happy Deaf Awareness Month. Let us spread love through sign language. Communicating with sign language is essential. Love you all!’ said Ndlovu’s winning message.
Words: Tholakele Zungu
Photograph: Njabulo Manyoni