Mission and Vision
Below is a list of smaller projects that require funding. Naming rights are available.
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.
AL-Waagah works to advocate on behalf of the Deaf to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening the integration of communities thereby eliminating barriers to opportunity, and supporting the Deaf to reach their full potential and purpose in life.
AL-Waagah has nurtured the idea of establishing a school that would cater not only for the education needs of Deaf learners but also for their social and personal wellbeing. The idea of an all-inclusive school is that the Deaf are no longer marginalized or only confined to special schools. An all-inclusive school would admit both Hearing and Deaf learners, with the aim of empowering more people to communicate in sign language and to mainstreaming the Deaf community. In this regard, the school is a “game-changer” in reimagining basic education systems and the future of holistic, inclusive learning.
Who benefits from our services?
Current schools do not teach every subject in Sign Language. They mostly insist that the Deaf learn to speak spoken English. The Deaf within South Africa therefore has and still suffer a major injustice due to not being able to study in their chosen language, Sign Language. This is from primary school right through to tertiary institutions. They are not only marginalized within society but more importantly within education. There are no schools in existence that teaches every subject in Sign language. We plan to teach every subject in Sign Language and spoken English, in this way we will not only ensure the Deaf is able to complete their education up to Matric level, we will also be training a generation of hearing students who will be proficient in Sign Language giving them an advantage in the workplace as Interpreters.