Philippine Federation of the Deaf’s Project in Novaliches Under GMEFI Community Educational Fund Assistance Program Launched in July 4

The Philippine Federation of the Deaf’s [PFD] project to teach Filipino Sign Language [FSL] in Novaliches, Quezon City finally started last Monday, July 4. Supposed to have been implemented last summer, PFD was advised to hold it this month by Rosa Susano Elementary School Principal, Ms. Mercy Cubero. However, instead of the original plan to teach FSL to hearing parents of Deaf students to aid in bridging the communication gap between them and their Deaf children, focus has been shifted to teaching Deaf students with weak signing skills. A survey conducted by PFD revealed conflict with the schedule and unavailability of parents during time allotted for them. Only one parent managed to attend the special class.

Photos below show the interest and attentiveness of Deaf students in interacting with Deaf teachers. It is quite common for public schools to have hearing teachers teaching Deaf students.

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Rey Lee [Deaf] of De La Salle-College of St. Benilde School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies Handles the Class
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Classes will be held every Monday until August 22. Yvette Apurado, PFD Vice-President and project liaison was present. Rey Lee of De La Salle-College of St. Benilde School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies, and another Deaf teacher named Bibbo handled the class consisting of a dozen of Grade 6 students.

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[L-R]: Ms. Mercy Cubero, Principal of Rosa Susano Elementary School; Nina Padua, representing GMEFI, Administrative Assistant; Yvette Apurado, PFD Vice-President and Bibbo
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