The Silent Horn Foundation has set clear goals and objectives to work towards achieving the outcome of Deaf education by drawing on the Disability Concept for the eventual “Deaf school education in Somalia”. These are set out below within the three pillars for change of Advocacy, Awareness and Empowerment. We also attached a piece of the goals and objectives written by a Deaf member inside The Silent Horn Foundation at the end of this document.
- TO CONNECT REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL DEAF CULTURAL, POLITICAL AND SOCIETAL SUPPORT TO END ISOLATION
Lobbying at regional Somali NGO, Regional IGAD, Ministry of Health and Education and National Somalian Assembly level to ensure cultural and social sponsorship of effective legislation.
- TO PUT IN PLACE THE LEGISLATIVE STATUS TO RECOGNISE SOMALI SIGN LANGUAGE (SOSL)
Developing communication on the issues resulting from the high-level conference held in Somalia to lobby for independent support of well-drafted legislation, presented effectively and passed next Deaf governmental session.
- TO UNITE CULTURAL AND SOCIETAL ORGANISATIONS AND ADVOCATING FOR A GLOBAL MOVEMENT
To work, develop and extend partnership which enables the exchange of expertise and support between affected countries working on campaigns simultaneously.
- TO INCREASE GLOBAL AWARENESS INITIATIVE IN THE FORM OF THE “DEAF SCHOOL CAMPAIGN” IN SOMALIA.
Consulting with the Bandhiga Media, Radio Mugdisho and Somalia Online Media Teams, SNTV and SOMCABLE amongst others we will initiate a focused media and communications campaign using TV, radio, internet and social media, print and posters in Somalia which can be adapted in the future to other countries using the ideas from British Deaf children organisation (National Deaf Children Society) and American Deaf organisation (World Federation of the Deaf).
- TO DEVELOP AND CIRCULATE EDUCATIONAL MEDIA MATERIALS
To create plenty of resources, books and expertise that can be contributed to the education of Deaf children in the regions of Somalia and circulate the materials that can be used in all Deaf school with specialised teacher trainings to be published with the production and output of video, radio, TV, print and social media context.
- A PROGRAMME OF NATIONAL CONFERENCES IN SOMALIA AND PARTNER COUNTRIES
To continue to hold High-Level Conferences with partners countries, that we are working with, training them what the issues are out there in Somalia and how we use the models from the countries where it have outstanding quality of Deaf education to be in Somalia and educate local media ambassadors the sign language so when they communicating with Deaf people they can be able to sign with the assistance from the interpreters therefore, it will continue to hold advocacy and awareness conferences at the regional and community level.
- TO DEVELOP A NATIONAL INTRODUCTION PROGRAMME WHICH IS DRIVEN BY AN EFFECTIVE PLEDGE FOR THE INCLUSION OF DEAF ACCESS.
An introduction programme structured on education and empowerment supported at government level and delivered in co-operation with partnering international aid agencies such as the Ministry of Health and Education in Somalia and World Federation of the Deaf in America. In addition to this, we have been met Minister of Women and Human Rights Development and IGAD Ambassador East Africa to discuss about how their support can be powerful in this pledge for encouraging the inclusion of Deaf access within the schools and universities.
- TO EDUCATE TEACHING ASSISTANTS AND MEMBERS WITH THE SKILLS, MATERIALS AND USING THEIR EXPERTISE REQUIRED TO DELIVERY THE EDUCATION PROGRAMME.
To train, educate and contribute educational and media material to Teaching Assistants, Communication Manager and other roles of members in TSHF to delivering the empowerment programme.
- DESIGN AND DELIVER A PLEDGE BASED PROGRAMME IN THE FORM OF THE DEAR SCHOOL CAMPAIGN
To provide an effective introduction programme structured on community commitment, individual encouragements and self-monitoring evaluation in the form of reports annually.
- TO PROVIDE LONG TERM AND CONTINUED SUPPORT OF COMMUNITY PROGRAMMES.
To ensure enough financial, economic and operational resources to continue cultural and social revolution over a continued period.
- TO UNDERTAKE AND IN-DEPTH RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS OF LESSON LEARNED AND CURRENT STATE OF WOMEN AND GIRLS AS IT REFER TO DEAF ACCESS IN SOMALIA.
The proposal is to arrange an on-going joint British/Somalian academic program between parents of Deaf child, public services such as; hospitals, doctors and police officers and army soldiers and then education centres such as; Hodan School, Yaqshiid School, Madina School in Dharkiinkey district and finally, University of Mogadishu.
DISABILITY CATALYST: THE DEAR SCHOOL CAMPAIGN…. A CALL TO ACTION
The Silent Horn Foundation has designed an awareness and empowerment campaign based on an effective ‘pledge’ for social change system intended to educate, encourage and empower individuals, family and communities affected by Deaf access to improve the practice. It envisages threading the three pillar promises of media awareness/advocacy and community empowerment to promise or ‘take a pledge’ to protect their Deaf children from Deaf exclusion in the form of a letter (see appendix for draft letter).
The core of this campaign is to work with mothers, daughters, fathers, extended family and communities to change attitudes and the social norms and ‘break the circle’. In response to First Lady of Somalia’s call to parents regionally “to join the campaign to end Deaf exclusion” parents will also be encouraged to write letters to their Deaf daughter or son of a future that will be free of Deaf exclusion”. The “Deaf School” campaign will be part of the Funding Strategy Projections 2019-2022. The Campaign proposes to engage at the following levels:
- Influence level: Traditional media and social media, (newspaper press, television news, radio, leaflets and social media such as; Facebook, Twitter and YouTube).
- Community level: Encouraging elders and local leaders to participate on behalf of the village or community.
- Group level: Events at schools and health clinics to empower parents and Deaf children/adults to express their experiences.
- Individual level: Taking the form of a private/public letter to a Deaf individual.
The Silent Horn Foundation want to ensure all Deaf children in all regions of Somalia and East Africa, this applied to the vulnerable and poor orphans, to have free access to Deaf education from primary schools, high schools to the universities to be included within the society. Deaf adults and women have human rights under the law of WFD’s ideologies to have free access to Somali Sign Language and it enables them to have effective communication matching to their needs. The government of Somalia must be able to recognise the human rights for Deaf people in Somalia and legislate Somali Sign Language (SOSL) and apply them to the developmental areas of access in the public services. More information can be found below:
- Education = All schools and universities must enable Deaf people to access SOSL services to match their communication needs.
- Hearing teachers and hearing parents of Deaf children = They must be able to access the SOSL course to learn the basics and improve their knowledge of Deaf Awareness.
- Somalia Government must allow Deaf people to access their services with the use of Somali Sign Language professional Interpreters and make sure they are registered under the organisation where they employ the interpreters (SOSL).
- Public health services must be able to employ sign language interpreters to aid communication with Deaf people.
- Prison, police stations, lawyers and the court in Somalia, they all need to have the sign language interpreters to enable Deaf people to access.
The regional, local and international news must have on-screen sign language interpreters to enable Deaf people to understand what is happening in their community, cities and countries