HA NOI – The hearing impaired, aged seven and above, can start learning sign language on VTV2 from March, Pham Viet Tien, head of Viet Nam Television's (VTV) Science and Education Department announced this morning.
The programme, to be broadcast every Thursday night over two years, will be co-produced by VTV, the Viet Nam Institute of Education Science (VNIES) and the Ha Noi Association of Disabled People (HADP).
Among 1 million hearing-impaired people in the country, 400,000 are of learning-age. Each year about 20,000 deaf children turn school age, said Dr Le Van Tac, director of VNIES's Centre for Special Education Studies.
"However there are only 70 schools providing primary education to the deaf in big cities. That's why expanding sign language teaching is crucial," he said.
The curriculum designed by VNIES will embrace more than 1000 signs collected from deaf communities across the country.
Tailored into 100 lessons, the teaching programme will cover common definitions including nature, people, families, school and yourself.
There will be a voice over to facilitate ordinary learners.
"We hope the hearing-impaired and their families can learn the language easily," said Duong Thi Van, HADP' deputy head.
"The programme is part of our efforts to realise the International Convention on Disabled Rights and the Law on the Disabled," she said.
Sign-language illustrators have already accompanied news programmes on VTV2. – VNS