The International Day of Sign Languages is a unique opportunity to support and protect the linguistic identity and cultural diversity of all deaf people and other sign language users. To raise awareness of the importance of sign languages and promote inclusion, the UN Information Centre Lagos in collaboration with Speaking Fingers commemorated the Day in an outreach /social interaction with pupils of ‘’Inclusive Unit’’ of L.A Primary School Alawaiye, Epe.

Delivering the keynote address, Mrs Yemisi Alabi the Chairperson, Lagos State Deaf Women Association highlighted the challenges of the deaf communities especially women and children which include discrimination and lack of access to economic and social services.

She admonished everyone to learn and promote sign language as a collective responsibility for building and sustaining inclusiveness.

Parents of deaf children were advised to allow their deaf children access to the special schools and urged government and organisations to invest in training interpreters and have a model of inclusion in all facets.

The pupils especially the deaf adolescents were taught simple techniques of self defense against Rape and other violent situations

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