CrEd Breaking Barriers: Musical Theatre Meets Sign Language in North Namibia

CrEd Breaking Barriers: Musical Theatre Meets Sign Language in North Namibia

At Creative Education International, we are proud to announce a groundbreaking initiative that combines the magic of musical theatre with the beauty of Sign Language. Our new studio, located at the Sam Nujoma Multi-purpose Centre in Ongwediva, is set to revolutionise the performing arts scene in North Namibia. With a focus on inclusivity and accessibility, we are offering Adult Drama & Musical Theatre classes conducted entirely in Sign Language. This programme is designed for both individuals with hearing impairments and those eager to learn sign language. Read on to discover the incredible impact this initiative will have on the local community and how it showcases the immense potential for Africa as a whole.

Unveiling Our Trainers:
To ensure the success of this unique venture, we have assembled a talented team of trainers who possess the necessary skills and expertise.Damian Paulus, a native speaker of variations of Sign Languages, an author and a skilled sign illustrator of NAMIBIAN SIIGN LANGUAGE, a book for beginners. He will lead the way in teaching the essence of musical theatre through the visual gestural medium. Working alongside him is Abraham Pele Nambinga, a Sign Language interpreter and renowned Deaf Education expert. Together, they will unleash the potential of sign language as a vibrant and expressive tool to bring musicals to life.

Inclusivity and Accessibility:
The primary objective of our Adult Drama & Musical Theatre programme is to break down barriers and provide equal opportunities for everyone, regardless of their hearing abilities. By offering classes conducted entirely in Sign Language, we create an environment that not only caters to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community but also encourages others to learn and appreciate Sign Language as a means of communication and expression.

Empowering the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community:

For individuals with hearing impairments, this programme will be a game-changer. They will have the opportunity to explore their passion for drama and musical theatre in their preferred mode of communication, bridging the gap between their interests and the limitations often imposed by traditional performing arts programmes. By empowering the Deaf, we aim to instill confidence, foster creativity, and provide a platform for their unique talents to shine.

Promoting Sign Language Education:
One of our core objectives is to promote the learning and understanding of sign language within the wider community. By offering musical theatre classes in Sign Language, we not only equip our students with performing arts skills but also facilitate a deeper appreciation and understanding of this rich and expressive language. This initiative will undoubtedly encourage more people to learn Sign Language, fostering inclusivity and breaking down communication barriers in society.

Implications for Africa:
The introduction of Sign Language into the realm of musical theatre in North Namibia carries immense significance for the entire African continent. This innovative approach serves as a beacon of hope, inspiring other communities and organisations to embrace inclusivity and accessibility in the performing arts. By showcasing the transformative power of combining Sign Language and creative expression, we hope to pave the way for similar initiatives throughout Africa, promoting diversity, cultural exchange, and unity.

September marks the Deaf Awareness Month. This aligns lwith this year’s theme. ‘A Word Where Deaf People Can Sign Everywhere.

Enrolment and Contact Information:
We are thrilled to invite interested individuals to enrol in our Adult Drama & Musical Theatre programme conducted in Sign Language. Whether you are Deaf or simply eager to learn Sign Language, this program offers a unique experience that will ignite your passion for the performing arts. To join us on this exciting journey, please contact us at +264812031476. Or +264 81 410 6986 sms only.

Creative Education International’s new Adult Drama & Musical Theatre classes conducted in Sign language marks a groundbreaking step towards inclusivity, accessibility, and empowerment for the hearing-impaired community in North Namibia. This initiative not only provides a platform for individuals with hearing impairments to pursue their artistic dreams but also promotes the learning and understanding of Sign Language among a wider audience. We are proud to play a part in this transformative movement, and through our efforts, we hope to inspire similar endeavours throughout Africa. By fostering a more inclusive and culturally enriched society, we can create a brighter future where the performing arts truly know no boundaries.