What We Do
Schools for the deaf are havens for many, offering community and hope. But they cost money. And part of that cost is passed along to the students.
For $250 a year, a student can attend a government-subsidized boarding school, which includes fees for living expenses, uniforms, and school supplies. That may not seem like a lot of money to us, but to the average Ghanaian who makes less than $7 a day, the sum is impossible.
Our first priority is to fund the cost of attendance for those who can’t afford it.
Our second priority is to improve the quality of deaf education once the students are in place.
There are 12 primary and junior secondary schools for the deaf in Ghana. And only one high school. Yes, they are crowded and inadequate. But that’s only part of the problem. Surprisingly, not all teachers in the schools know how to use sign language. So the students spend much of their time copying notes from the chalkboard.
That’s why Signs of Hope International created our volunteer program. Under our direction, volunteers skilled in the use of American Sign Language (ASL) spend two months in Ghana assisting and motivating both students and teachers.
The program works. Since 2004, our volunteers have made a significant impact on the way teachers approach the classroom and on the way students learn.