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Deaf official frowns at detractors

Detractors of the Organization for the Social Integration of the Liberian Deaf (OSILD) have been warned to discontinue their alleged act of deception which continues to create serious setback to the effective execution of educational programs of the deaf population in Liberia.

OSILD National Director Mr. Adrian Z. Sandi on 2 July warned those he called detractors when he officially launched a two – month intensive sign language training for deaf people and ordinary Liberians at the organization’s headquarters in the Police Academy Community of Paynesville, outside Monrovia.

Mr. Sandi claims that detractors of OSILD are using deaf children in the country to amass wealth for themselves at the expense of the already suffering deaf population. He adds that engaging in such ugly behavior has no educational agenda for the deaf community, and warns that it creates a leaves a gloomy future for them.

He accuses the alleged detractors of claiming to be teachers of Sign Language, though he insists that they do not have the required qualifications. As a result, he says students graduating from their schools do not understand written English and other subjects.

Mr. Sandi has urged government ministries and agencies, public and private entities in the country to designate a reprehensive from their respective institutions to be trained during the two – month training exercise to make it easy for them to freely interact with deaf people visiting them.

He concludes that OSILD has charged L$500 per person interested in learning the Sign Language, adding that this amount is intended to transport Sign Language instructors who will be teaching the course.
–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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