In Zimbabwe, people with disabilities are not discriminated but rather recognized in all aspects to keep promoting the base of equality to every citizen. In support to the importance of gender on the disabled ones especially for the deaf, Masvingo City Council held a four day training being facilitated by Sunrise Sign Language Academy (SSLA) from the 13th of June to 16th of June 2022 at Civic Centre.
The Trainers worked hand in hand with Sign Language Interpreters Association of Zimbabwe and Reformed Church University. Not all workers at Masvingo City Council attended the training sessions but it selected two workers from each department, two Councillors from Gender Committee and four workers from Municipal police. Sign language is pivotal in the Council and it is going to be taught to many employees as this training was just the beginning.
Mr D. Mapeta and Miss Praise from SSLA were the ones who were teaching them sign language covering all categories. The trainees wrote two final exams on their last day of the training and according to the trainers, Mr Mapeta and Praise the performance was exceptional. They decided not to only end on exams but also to proceed to a graduation ceremony to all those who had excelled the exams. The graduation is taking place on the 17th of June 2022 at Civic Centre
The training reflects commitment by Masvingo city Council to include all stakeholders in development of the City.