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BOTSWANA: What sign languages are used in Botswana?

This article can help you answer the following questions:


Where is Botswana?


How many Deaf / Hard of Hearing people are in Botswana?

There are an estimated 77,600 Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Botswana.

This percentage is a rough estimation: 3.3% of the general population. Lack of research make estimating these numbers difficult. The World Health Organization estimates 5% of the world population has significant hearing loss. Keep in mind that developing nations typically have a much higher number of Deaf and Hard of Hearing populations.


What sign languages are used in Botswana?

  • American Sign Language

  • Danish Sign Language

  • German Sign Language

  • Setswana Sign Language (in the works)

Written / spoken languages in Botswana:


How do you say Botswana in sign language?


Where can I learn Botswanan Sign Language online?

This language is not yet available. If you would like to learn this language, please request it here:

InterSign University offers many international sign language courses. Check them out here:


What Deaf organizations are located in Botswana?

Botswana National Association of the Deaf (BAOD)

Botswana Association of the Deaf (BOAD)

Botswana Society for the Deaf

Source: Gallaudet


Additional sign language resources for Botswana

We will update this section as more information becomes available.

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