TWENTY three students among them teachers, court interpreters and police officers were awarded certificates in different Sign Language levels which were offered by the Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) Faculty of Applied Social Sciences Department of Disability Studies and Special Needs Education at a graduation ceremony at Century Towers in the capital recently.
Of the 23, one student, Agnes Chindimba was awarded an Advanced certificate as she was the only student in that category. Six students were awarded Intermediate certificates while 16 students were awarded certificates in the Basic level.
Three students from the two lower levels, intermediate and Basic scooped top awards for being Best Students during the course of the learning period.
Edwick Mushambi was the best student in the Intermediate level scoring 88% while two students Hybree Mashingaidze and Rumbidzai Chakauya were joint Best Students in the basic category with 87% each.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, ZOU Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Alfred Champion Ncube said there is a need for the University to cater for people with disabilities.
Professor Lincoln Hlatywayo echoed his sentiments adding that ZOU is more than willing to start sign language education at different centres that look after children with disabilities at no cost.
ZOU, through the Department of Disability Studies and Special Needs Education has embarked on a national programme to train ZOU and non ZOU students some of the courses that go hand in hand with disability education.