Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], September 23: BYJU’S, one of the leading Ed-Tech companies, orchestrated a heartwarming celebration of International Sign Language Day in collaboration with the students of Dr. MGR Home and Higher Secondary School for the Speech and Hearing Impaired on 11th September 2023. This event was a heartfelt tribute to the rich culture and significance of sign language for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.
The event took place at Dr. MGR Home and Higher Secondary School for the Speech and Hearing Impaired, located in Ramavaram MGR Gardens, Chennai, a school that has been dedicated to providing quality education and support to children with hearing impairments for years.
A dedicated team of storytellers engaged the students with captivating tales told through sign language interpretation. These stories not only entertained but also fostered language development and communication skills among the students.
The event was further enriched by a special screening of a silent movie featuring the legendary Charlie Chaplin. This unique cinematic experience allowed the students to appreciate the power of non-verbal communication and the art of storytelling through gestures and expressions.
The primary aim of this event was to raise awareness about the importance of sign language and exemplify the power of inclusivity. It highlighted the pivotal role sign language plays in bridging communication barriers, facilitating understanding, and creating a sense of belonging for those with hearing impairments. The celebration brought BYJU’S volunteers, students, and the wider community to celebrate the beauty of sign language and its profound impact on the lives of individuals facing hearing challenges.
Ektha Sachedev, Marketing Associate, BYJU’S, said, “We wanted to create a memorable experience for the students and emphasize the importance of sign language. It is incredible to see how storytelling and cinema can transcend language barriers and connect people on a deeper level.”
The celebration was a resounding success, leaving a lasting impact on the students, volunteers, and the broader community. It not only offered a day of storytelling and entertainment but also shed light on the rich history of sign language and its vital role in creating an inclusive society. BYJU’S remains committed to such initiatives that promote education, inclusivity, and the betterment of lives.
Kaviya Meialaghan, HR Business Partner, BYJU’S, “Being part of this event was an eye-opening experience. Witnessing the joy on the faces of these students as they engaged with the stories and the silent movie was truly heartwarming. It reinforced the significance of promoting sign language and inclusive education.”
As part of BYJU’s ongoing commitment to inclusivity and education, this event also showcased the ‘Education For All’ initiative. This initiative underscores BYJU’s dedication to making quality education accessible to all, regardless of background or abilities.
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