This week is New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) week.
In spite of the language sharing equal status with English and Te Reo Maori as an official language of New Zealand, there are few opportunities to learn NZSL. I think we can do better to bolster efforts to teach our official languages. Many kids, for example, don’t have opportunity to learn to sign at all during their schooling years.
I was lucky enough to have representatives from Deaf Aotearoa visit my office last month to teach me some basic signs. I now know how to sign my name. Watch this video to see the results!
Unfortunately, the National Government slashed funding for Adult and Community Education (ACE) in their first budget. This has had a very real effect. The opportunity to learn the language has been limited.