Family Fun Day brings deaf children closer

(VOV) - On December 13, the Intergenerational Deaf Education Outreach (IDEO) Project supported by the World Bank (WB) co-hosted an event titled “Family Fun Day – Beautiful Hands” for deaf children and their families in Hanoi.

World Bank (WB) Country Director for Vietnam Victoria Kwakwa and goodwill ambassador artist Hoang Bach and his family were among the guests.

Speaking at the event, Victoria Kwakwa said, “Today is the Family Fun Day. So let’s make it fun and share our happiness with deaf and non-deaf people. Let’s experience the world of sign language of the deaf people. I believe that you will realize that it is also as beautiful as our speaking language world.”

The Family Fun Day aims to help draw more public attention to this issue and gain more support from various sources in the society for the development of the deaf community, especially young children.

In Vietnam, some 15,500 children under six are deaf or have a hearing impair. Most of them do not have access to early childhood education and their parents lack professional support. The IDEO project has provided home-based sign language education for 255 Deaf children under six years old in four Vietnamese cities and provinces to prepare them for formal schooling.

Within the framework of the event, a flashmob using sign language took place for the first time in Vietnam with 300 participants, including deaf children and their families.