•  This January Bulletin topics include the following:

    1. International Women’s Day
    2. International Mother Language Day - Mother Tongue March.
    3. Health Watch - Tuberculosis.
    4. Basic Sign language training for social work students.

  •  This Issue Number 3 2016 Deaf Bulletin include the following:

    1. ZWAKALA DEAF ARTS FESTIVAL.
    2. Maternal mortality and Deaf women.
    3. How sensitive are we to deafness?
    4. World Health Day.
    5. Poem “LET THE DEAF CHILD LEARN”

  •  This January Bulletin topics include the following:

    1. Perception, Parenting and Children with Disabities.
    2. Ending Child Marriages for girls with disabilities in Zimbabwe.
    3. Social workers and the Deaf community in Zimbabwe.
    4. Learn your child’s language.

  •  Thie October Bulletin topics include the following:

    1. Deaf students and choice: Who determines their future and what future are we making?.
    2. Deaf and the Law.
    3. Sustainable Development Goals, do they hold anything for the Deaf youths.
    4. Increase Deaf people access to health; MSF staff members learn sign language.
    5. Breaking Barriers.
    6. World literacy day: The 8th of September 2015.

  •  This Issue covers the following topics:

    1. Understanding Deafness: Do the Deaf want to hear?
    2. Malaria Awareness Day – 25th April.
    3. FACTS ABOUT MALARIA
    4. Access to information for the Deaf: The National Heroes Acre.
    5. The Sign Language Finger Spelling Alphabet.

  •  This Issue covers the following topics:

    1. Technology, a threat to Sign Language?
    2. Reading skills for children who are Deaf and hard of hearing.
    3. Access to Justice for the Deaf community: The court room.
    4. POEM - Upon a Deaf Heart by Precious Masiye.
    5. POEM - Menstrual Matters by Paidamoyo Chimhini.
    6. A WORLD WITHOUT AIDS: World AIDS Vaccine Day.
    7. WHERE IS SIGN LANGUAGE IN THIS NEW CURRICULUM?

  • Deaf Zimbabwe Trust together with Culture Shock Trust conducted a Life Skills Coaching session for Deaf youths. In attendance were students from Danhiko School and Deaf Zimbabwe Trust School. Participants were aged between 15 and 24 years. The workshop was facilitated by Nqobile Munzara who is the founder of Culture Shock Trust.

    The presentation by Nqobile took a social approach to SRH and analysed the role that self-awareness plays in SRH. She began by conducting a self-assessment exercise with the participants. The exercise sought to develop self-awareness, self-esteem and self-confidence in Deaf youths by asking the following:

    • Who am I?
    • What am I worth?
    • What can I do?

    Nqobile highlighted that this was an important exercise noting that when you know who you are, you can change your behaviour so that you can achieve your goals.

    The presenter also addressed relationships amongst teenagers. She noted that young people in relationships often feel pressured to do things that they do not necessarily want to do. Nqobile explained that thinking one is in love doesn’t mean one should have sex. Indulging in premarital sex is risky and could result in Sexually Transmitted Infection and unwanted pregnancy. She noted that being clear about one’s vision can potentially protect a young person from indulging in risky sexual activity whose consequences can derail one from their vision. Nqobile also highlighted some sexually transmitted infections and the dangers they pose to one’s overall health and wellbeing.   

  • Deaf Zimbabwe Trust (DZT) and Zimbabwe Deaf Media Trust (ZDMT) had a meeting with the Chief Executive Officer of the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ), Engineer Obert Mugwanyura and the BAZ Manager responsible for Broadcasting Content. After the meeting, it was agreed that DZT and ZDMT were to produce a position paper regarding the issues which they are seeking redress. The meeting was prompted by the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s lack of sensitivity to the Deaf’s right to receive and impart information through the television. In other words Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation Television (ZBC TV) is constantly violating the Deaf’s freedom of expression. Deaf Zimbabwe Trust tried in vain to engage ZBC TV Management, in particular Mr Tarzan Mandizvidza but were never given an opportunity to either speak or meet him to deliberate on these concerns. A copy of the letter dated 22 October 2013 addressed to the General Manager, News and Current Affairs, Mr Tarzan Mandizvidza in which various concerns were raised by Deaf Zimbabwe Trust is attached hereto as annexure ‘A’ for ease of reference.

  • Deaf Zimbabwe Trust began work advancing the rights of the Deaf in Zimbabwe in 2013. For an organisation that is 3 years old, DZT has made significant strides. Operating under the theme, “Becoming Citizens”, DZT seeks to restore the citizenship of the Deaf community in Zimbabwe. This entails enjoying the same rights as Non Deaf people with regards to access to health, quality education, higher education, work and access to information and all the rights that are encapsulated in the Sustainable Development Goals.

    The lives of Deaf people in Zimbabwe remain precarious marred with marginalisation and discrimination. There still exist attitudes within society that demean the value and the potential within people with disabilities and the Deaf are among the most marginalised. The invisibility of Deafness results in the Deaf community being forgotten because a lot of focus is placed on more visible forms of disability.

    Zimbabwe has made significant strides in recognising the unique language of Deaf people through constitutional recognition of sign language. This is an important development for Zimbabwe and the Deaf community in particular. However for the Deaf community to fully enjoy their citizenship, there is need to make their language rights real through the enactment of a Sign Language law that compels public and private entities to provide sign language and sign language interpreters in for the Deaf. There is need to make the right accommodations for the Deaf community to be able to contribute to the development of our country and have better futures.

    The struggle ahead remains uphill but I believe that the journey of a thousand steps begins with one step and as DZT we are committed to taking these steps for the empowerment of the Deaf community in Zimbabwe. I wish to thank all DZT partners for the support they gave to DZT in 2015.

    The secretariat worked extremely hard in 2015 and I wish to express my gratitude for the hard work. Well done Team.

About DZT

Deaf Zimbabwe Trust was formed and registered as a trust in 2012 and began operations in 2013. Initially the organisation was formed to advance the rights of Deaf children.

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