Angola: ANSA Calls for Recognition, Approval of Sign Language

Luanda — The chairman of the National Association of the Deaf of Angola (ANSA), Joaquim Barros, Tuesday in Luanda called on the country's authorities to approve and recognise the Angolan Sign Language (LGA), judging by its importance in the process of socialisation and communication with people with hearing impairment. The official was addressing a press conference on the need for recognition and approval of the Sign Language, having stressed the importance of communication within that group of the society.

The official said that the Angolan law guarantees the right to education and information for all without exclusion.

Joaquim Barros also noted that in order to ensure the right to education and information for the deaf it is essential to highlight the way, the means and tools that allow such factors to happen.

According to him, the approval of the Sign Language will always cause a hindrance to communication due to the lack of interpreters of that language in public institutions and its non-implementation in schools of general education as a subject.

As for ANSA future plans, Joaquim Barros said that his association plans to strengthen relations with governmental and non-governmental organisations in order to create partnerships and concrete projects around the approval of Sign Language

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