Republic of Seychelles

  • Total Population


  • Deaf Population


  • Nation's Official Language

    English, French, Seychelles French Creole

  • Other Languages

    The number of established languages listed in Ethnologue is 3.  These are:

    • English
    • French
    • Seychelles French Creole
  • Name of Sign Language

    Algerian Sign Language

  • Overview Of Deaf Community And Education

    Deaf children can attend the School for the Handicapped (School for the Exceptional Child) on the main island. This school was founded by a Peace Corps Volunteer. Apparently the hearing impaired form 14% of the children at the school. It is not clear which communication means are used with these children. They can also attend the Au Cap school since 2010. There are apparently two deaf teachers. In March 2018 a plan was announced to build a new centre for the hearing impaired including a school on the main island. This plan will be financed by Japan. There appears to be no specialized provision on the second island Praslin..

  • Sign Language Overview

    A dictionary project was launched in 2007 with name Creole Sign Language Dictionary. It started with forming the hand alphabet.  t is not clear how much progress has been made on this project. 

  • Deaf Organizations In Country

    • Association of People with Hearing Impairment (APHI), founded in 2005

  • Overview of Interpreting Services

    There is no official training and only volunteers provide some interpreting. A sign language and deaf mediator service was launched in 2013 by the APHI. In 2014 there were four interpreters in this service and two mediators.

  • Resources

    Global Survey Report. WFD Regional Secretariat for Southern and Eastern Africa (WFD RSESA)  (2008)  

  • List of Contributors

    Anne Baker

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