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The University of Dar es Salaam

About the University of Dar es Salaam 

The University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) is a public academic institution whose mission is to advance the economic, social and technological development of Tanzania through excellent teaching and learning, research and knowledge exchange. UDSM offers studies in certificate, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes to both national and international students.

How DCW and USDM work together

Deaf Child Worldwide has been working with UDSM since 2015 to develop a training certificate programme in Tanzanian Sign Language. The programme is currently one year long and is in its third year of operation.

USDM and DCW work together to:

  • Develop, disseminate and monitor the use of the proposed guidelines for teaching deaf young people and children using Tanzania Sign Language.
  • Prepare and harmonise training materials for the TSL certificate programme.
  • Build awareness among UDSM staff members about deafness and sign language interpretation
  • In liaison with the Ministry of Education, pilot the Guidelines for teaching deaf children in 3 schools in Dar es Salaam – Mugabe, Twiga and Msasani.
  • Routinely monitor the use of the guidelines in the 3 schools
  • Train TSL instructors in the Linguistics of sign language.
  • Develop training kits in the form of audio-video students’ learning materials.
  • Identify and place TSL Course students on attachment with different organizations.
  • Capacity development for UDSM as an institution, and for project staff and project stakeholders on various relevant issues: child protection, deaf awareness, monitoring, evaluation and learning, and project management.

Claudia Mwakatobe is a graduate of the first Sign language and Interpretation Certificate at UDSM. Claudia has a job as an interpreter at Azam TV for the news programme (the TV channel are using SL interpreters for the first time). She says:

“Both my parents are deaf and I learned to sign to communicate with them, but I learnt just local signs. I have always had an interest and desire to help deaf communities so the course really appealed to me.

“I didn’t realise though how much I’d learn about deaf culture and how to interpret for different audiences, as well as learning about the ethics of sign language interpretation. I really learnt a lot and gained so much confidence.
I also am really lucky as I got the job of my dreams through doing the course and now work as an interpreter on a national TV channel here in Tanzania.”