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: https://www.intersignuniversity.com/sign-languages
InterSign University offers many international sign language courses. Check them out here:
What Deaf organizations are located in Botswana?
Botswana Association of the Deaf (BOAD)
Additional sign language resources for Botswana
Kerileng D. Mpuang, Sourav Mukhopadhyay & Nelly Malatsi (2014) Sign Language as Medium of Instruction in Botswana Primary Schools: Voices from the Field. pp 132-143.
World Federation of the Deaf and Swedish National Association of the Deaf. (2008) Global Survey Report. WFD Regional Secretariat for Southern and Eastern Africa (WFD RSESA)
We will update this section as more information becomes available.