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Deaf in Nicaragua


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
49,000 Nicaraguan Sign Language Christianity 97.32 % Unknown No No   

Deaf in Nicaragua

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Introduction / History
Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America. Its population is estimated to be six million people, with one-quarter of these living in the capital city of Managua. Approximately 600,000 of its people are deaf , far exceeding the estimates in surrounding Central American countries.

Elementary education is compulsory and free in Nicaragua, but secondary education for the Deaf is lacking, primarily due to the lack of interpreters. The small Christian Deaf School in Managua appears to be the only one that offers a high school education to Deaf students.

In addition to secondary education, the Deaf in Nicaragua feel the need for a broader public knowledge of sign language in order to provide for employment and integration of Deaf people; interpreting services by the government for national news and messages from the President; investigation, compilation and standardization of Nicaraguan Sign Language; and, sign language awareness in government institutions.

There are five small Deaf ministries conducted in Nicaraguan Sign Language connected with local churches in Managua but it is unknown if any exist outside the capital city. Jehovah's Witnesses have a strong presence in the country.

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Country: Nicaragua
Continent: North America
Region: America, Latin
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Scattered, especially Managua.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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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: 49,000
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: Nicaraguan Sign Language (49,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ncs    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.04 % 
Christianity97.32 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.86 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.03 % 
Non-Religious1.70 % 
Other / Small0.05 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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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 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Deaf in Nicaragua

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People Cluster
    Deaf     America, Latin    
      Deaf Nicaragua    
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            Deaf in Nicaragua          
      Religion Language  
      Christianity     Nicaraguan Sign Language  
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