“Striving for Inclusivity”

Historically, Al Waagah, established in 1995, focussed on the religious instruction of the Deaf Muslim community of the Cape. This was to fill a dire need for a place of instruction for this marginalised group. As we progressed, we found that there is a further need for creating awareness of the plight of the Deaf, their struggle with spoken and written language, and social and economic issues.

Vision ↗

Every Deaf person is to be empowered, has the opportunity to integrate into society and achieve their fullest potential and participate in and contribute to all aspects of life.

Mission ↗

Al Waagah strives to achieve inclusivity of the Deaf, irrespective of race or religion and to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening and integration of communities thereby eliminating barriers to opportunity and supporting the Deaf to reach their full potential and purpose in life.
In order to achieve our vision and mission, we aim to establish a school which is fully integrated. Deaf and hearing children will receive instruction and grow together, thus narrowing the gap between the two groups.

About ↗

Al Waagah has been propagating the rights of the Deaf community and assisting them to cope socially, economically and to be addressed in sign language.

We lobby government structures, Religious bodies, educational institutions and other organisations on behalf of the Deaf community.

In order to bridge the gap between Deaf and hearing, we offer South African Sign Language classes (SASL) and South African Sign Language Interpreters (SASLI) classes.

At a glance

Skill Development

The establishment of our Skills Development Centre stems from a commitment to address economic inequality, create a level playing field, and enhance job prospects for those Deaf and Hearing individuals.  Targeted at those that has fallen through the cracks of the education system.  Each course is taught in SA Sign Language and verbal English.

At AL-Waagah, it is all about collaboration and networking, why “re-invent the wheel” we say.  The benefits of collaborations encourage inclusivity, it boosts productivity and efficiency and as an NGO with limited skills it is an important ideology.

 AL-Waagah provided the training room and provided the students.  However, we not stopping there.  We want to give these budding entrepreneurs the start-up support they need in starting their new businesses such as business registration assistance, basic financial assistance, working space to kick-start their production and so forth.

Montessori

Oasis Montessori Academy, established on July 19th, 2022, stands as a beacon of inclusive education for both deaf and hearing learners.

Sign Language

Alwaagah Institute for the Deaf offers Basic South African Sign Language / Interpreter courses

Skill Development

The establishment of our Skills Development Centre stems from a commitment to address economic inequality, create a level playing field, and enhance job prospects for those Deaf and Hearing individuals.

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Programs

At AL-Waagah, it is all about collaboration and networking, why “re-invent the wheel” we say.  The benefits of collaborations encourage inclusivity, it boosts productivity and efficiency and as an NGO with limited skills it is an important ideology.

Events

Alwaagah Institute for the Deaf has various events throughout the year, fundraisers for the institute to community awareness.

Madrassah

Al-Waagah Institute for the Deaf Madrassah is dedicated to providing Islamic education to the Deaf Muslim community through Sign Language.

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