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Deaf in East Timor


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
10,000 Language unknown Christianity 87.39 % Unknown No No   

Deaf in East Timor

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Introduction / History
Timor Leste (East Timor) is a new country that was formed after the war between East Timor and Indonesia ended. (West Timor is still a province in Indonesia.)

Before the war there was one school for the Deaf in East Timor with a principal and a few teachers. Soon after the war began the school principle and the teachers from other areas in Indonesia were allowed to transfer back to other parts of Indonesia. There was only one of the teachers who was a native of East Timor, so she remained in the province (as it was called at that time). At the time the war began there were about 35 Deaf students in the school.

During the Signed Languages Survey of Indonesia my companion and I met the Principal of the Deaf School at the Gorontalo School for the Deaf in Gorontalo Province on Sulawesi Island. He had been the principal in East Timor before, and told us the school for the Deaf there.

He said that they had been using the official sign language dictionary published by the Indonesian Government to teach the Deaf children in East Timor, so all those pupils would know standard Indonesian Sign Language. However, he said that the lone teacher who was left behind would not be able to cope with such a large number of children, and that undoubtedly the school was closed after he left. All of the graduates, and the current children at that time may still be using Indonesian Sign Language.

The government of Timor Leste recognizes the need for education for the Deaf. An official at a language conference in 2010 stated, "We must recognize the rights of our Deaf community....sign language will be officially recognized and we will engage the Deaf community to officially develop Timorese Sign Language (TSL)."

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Country: East Timor
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
10/40 Window: Yes
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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: 10,000
Population all Countries: 48,207,000
Least-Reached: No
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
Affinity Bloc: Deaf
People Cluster: Deaf
People Name General: Deaf
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Primary Language: Language unknown (10,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): Unknown     
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.10 % 
Christianity87.39 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions10.91 % 
Hinduism0.50 % 
Islam1.10 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
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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Least-Reached: No
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
GSEC Status:Level 0   No evangelical Christians or churches. No access to major evangelical print, audio, visual, or human resources
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Deaf in East Timor

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People Cluster
    Deaf     Asia, Southeast    
      Deaf East Timor    
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            Deaf in East Timor          
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      Christianity     Language unknown  
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