Deaf cultures and Sign Languages of the world: Burkina Faso (Burkina Faso)

Created 10 April 2000, links updated monthly with the help of LinkAlarm.

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World Deaf directory - Burkina Faso.

Deaf education & youth

africadia. (2007, December 30). Institut des Jeunes Sourds du Faso.Burkina Faso flagSign Language icon

Imerovic, S. Changing the way we teach, Burkina Faso. What is the best way to educate deaf children? Many believe in an inclusive approach, bringing deaf and hearing children into same classroom. This was the idea behind the establishment of CEFISE (Integrated Education and Training Centre for Deaf and Hearing People) in 1988, by Pastor Kafando in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. CEFISE is one of the leaders of the inclusive approach in Burkina Faso, and has long experience in educating pupils with and without hearing impairment at preschool, primary and secondary levels. In this article, Selena outlines some of the approaches used to encourage and support teachers to think in a different way about teaching and learning.

golden marble bullet(2006, October 20). Une lettre pour Laye : Coup de filet à l’immeuble du Faso.

golden marble bullet(2006, July 12). Rhône Alpes - IJSF : Un forage comme fruit du partenariat. L’Institut des jeunes sourds du Faso (IJSF) de Bobo-Dioulasso et la région Rhône Alpes en France entretiennent des relations très exemplaires. Elément concret de ce bon partenariat, la réalisation d’un forage complet à Farakoba, à 18 km au Sud de Bobo-Dioulasso sur le site du centre avicole de l’IJSF.

L'institut des Jeunes Sourds du Faso (IJSF) a été inauguré le 10 octobre 1987 sur la commune de Bobo-Dioulasso deuxième ville du Burkina Faso. A sa création, l'IJSF comptait sept élèves pour un éducateur. En 2004, quatre vingt sourds et malentendants agés de six à dix huit ans y suivent une formation, encadrés par cinq enseignants (deux d 'entre eux sont pris en charge par CBM (Cristoffel Blinden Mission), deux sont enseignants de l'Etat, une est stagiaire). Le personnel reste insuffisant pour cette année 2004.

NDCS. (2006, February 20). Teachers and parents deal effectively with hearing impairment. This project will work to increase the involvement of parents in the education of their deaf children in four schools in Burkina Faso. The focus will be on creative learning techniques and will involve both parents and teachers. Download CEFISE's publication with original and accessible ideas on Teaching Creatively (970 kb) with deaf and hearing children. You can also download individual chapters.

newijsf. L'institut des Jeunes Sourds du Faso. (2005, June 28). Institut des jeunes sourds du Faso: partenariat avec la Maison Saint Phillipe en France. L’Institut des jeunes sourds du Faso (IJSF) basé à Bobo-Dioulasso, la Maison Saint Phillipe et l’ONG Auteuil International elles siégeant en France entretiennent depuis 2002, un projet de formation en matière de productions horticoles et d’aménagement de l’espace au profit des élèves de l’institut.

Surdité en Afrique. 2. BURKINA FASSO: Institut des jeunes sourds du Faso, B.P.3758 Ouagadougou; Institut des jeunes sourds du Faso, B.P.3213 Bobo Dioulasso.

Deaf history and current events

Miles, M. (2005). Deaf people living and communication in African histories, c. 960s - 1960s. There is strong documentary evidence that deaf or hearing impaired men and women, girls and boys, did occupy social space and took roles across the full spectrum of life throughout Africa in earlier centuries, living lives like everyone else and also having some different experiences. Traces and signs of deaf people appear in many sorts of historical document, such as travellers' accounts, legal and genealogical records, government, institutional and missionary archives, linguistic studies, literature, folklore, religious narrative, mime, dance and drama. Many of their experiences have involved severe economic poverty and adversity, stigmatising attitudes and exclusionary practices; yet this has not been the norm everywhere in Africa, and many deaf people have shown great resilience, perseverance, humour and ingenuity in their dealings and communications with the non-deaf world.


Government implementation of the standard rules as seen by member organizations of World Federation of the Deaf - Association Nationale des Deficients Auditif du Burkina Faso, Burkina Faso.

World Federation of the Deaf membership information: Association Nationale des Deficients Auditifs du Burkina. Contact info only. Click on "A-B" and scroll down to the country name.