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SWAZILAND TO PARTICIPATE IN ZWAKALA DEAF AWARDS

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MBABANE – Swaziland is among the countries that will participate in the Zwakala Deaf Awards.
The event is scheduled for October 25 at the University of Johannesburg Arts Centre in Johannesburg, starting at 6pm.


Eight pupils from the School for the Deaf will be competing with their counterparts from six other African countries, including South Africa, Mozambique, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
Head teacher at the School for the Deaf Simangele Magagula said they were waiting on the Ministry of Education to grant the school permission to participate after they received an invite from Zwakala.


“Zwakala has indicated that they need eight children to take part in this event with two teachers accompanying them. We are awaiting permission from the Ministry of Education and after that it will be all systems go. We are grateful for the invite and look forward to the awards,” Magagula said.


Drama


She noted that five children would be doing drama, one for storytelling and the others for other categories.
Magagula said the pupils were given an opportunity to showcase their talents through arts and this year would be the first in the history of the awards that the audience would get to experience the performances of the top deaf pupils.


Dtv, which is a South Africa’s deaf channel, the South African Broadcasting Corporation and the Department of Arts and Culture in that country decided that the awards would have four categories this year. Zwakala, which means ‘be heard’, was created by the deaf for the deaf.

They serve as a tool to create awareness of this silent minority that is cut off from the hearing world due to prejudice, lack of tolerance and understanding. Judges for the event include Ayesha Ramjugernath, a sign language tutor and John Meletse from Wits University.

 

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