In The Gambia, there are four Gambian Sign Language Interpreters, for about 39,000 Deaf people. In 2013, as there was no government funding to pay interpreters, and no interpreter development programs, I started a project to employ and develop the skills of these interpreters.
This year, largely due to the great work of Wayne Barrow and The Silent Child team, there has been a lot of much-needed conversation surrounding BSL in schools, and the status of our proposed GCSE in BSL. We wanted to give our supporters an update on the status of the qualification and stress how hard we are continuing to fight.
Yesterday, 05 March 2018, Minister for School Standards Nick Gibb rejected the petition to have BSL as part of the national curriculum. He also rejected the creation of a GCSE qualification in British Sign Language.
NRCPD have recently approved a Signature training event for Speech to Text Reporters. Speech to Text Reporters who successfully complete this training course will be eligible to apply to register with NRCPD.