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Deaf in Madagascar


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
270,000 Madagascar Sign Language Christianity 53.53 % Unknown No No   

Deaf in Madagascar

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Introduction / History
There are about 1800 to 2500 Malagasy who use sign language learned at school. FLM (Malagasy Lutheran church) who started the schools for the Deaf has seven schools around the country; there is one private school and one other center, in total about 650 Deaf children in these schools at the moment. It is estimated that 200,000 of Madagascar's population is Deaf. The schooled ones are Christian and often their families are reached through them.

At the moment there is big talk and attempts made towards "inclusive" education, including Deaf children along with hearing children in school. The idea is driven by those who sponsor the schools rather than by the Deaf people themselves. The idea has some merit, but the drawbacks are huge since only a very small percentage of the Deaf ever really succeed in that environment. Usually they are much more successful when surrounded by other Deaf children and educated using Madagascar Sign Language instead of having to learn Malagasy and to lip read that language which they have never and will never hear spoken.

About 1500 are literate at the primary level. But only 25 reached the secondary level, ten reached high school and only five earned the diploma needed to continue study at the University—but till now no Deaf students go there due to a lack of interpreters.

Most of them earn the equivalent of one dollar per day. Their job options are limited. Many work in carpentry, selling, hair dressing, farming, child care, fishing a few are teachers in the Deaf schools.

They face problems every day because they are not accepted as a people who can do things in the society. They are a minority of course and people think the Deaf are stupid and do not need education.

Some parents believe that having a Deaf child is punishment from God so they are ashamed. Some parents are divorced on account of having a Deaf child. They keep the child at home and even tie them up.

As a result most of them are brought up by an uncle or aunt or by grandparents but they do not send them to school. They just give them food and have them look after animals in the field. Some are overworked at home.

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Country: Madagascar
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window: No
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People Name in Country: Deaf
People Name General: Deaf
ROP3 Code: 114916
Joshua Project People ID: 19007
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 270,000
Population all Countries: 46,968,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Deaf
People Cluster: Deaf
People Name General: Deaf
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Primary Language: Madagascar Sign Language (270,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mzc    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity53.53 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions37.75 % 
Hinduism0.15 % 
Islam8.00 % 
Non-Religious0.24 % 
Other / Small0.33 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a larger relative representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Deaf in Madagascar

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People Cluster
    Deaf     Africa, East and Southern    
      Deaf Madagascar    
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            Deaf in Madagascar          
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      Christianity     Madagascar Sign Language  
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