Deaf cultures and Sign Languages of the world: Benin (Bénin)

Created 10 April 2000, links updated monthly with the help of LinkAlarm.

Beninese flag David Bar-TzurBeninese flag

map of Benin

Flag: World flag database.
Map: - "search" for country, then "Digital Map Graphics"). OR
Map: Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection.

For a quick, interesting resource for facts about this and other countries,
try Mystic Planet - The New Age directory of Planet Earth.

Note: A flag next to a link shows what language the website is in. If it is followed by this icon: (video camera: This links to a video), it is a video in that spoken language. If it is followed by this icon: Sign Language icon, it is in the sign language of that country. If a globe is followed by this hands icon, there is an animated text in International Gesture.

Bénin langue des signes (Benin Sign Language) Bénin langue des signes (Benin Sign Language) dictionaries Deaf advocacy and politics Deaf education & youth Deaf history and current events

Bénin langue des signes (Benin Sign Language)

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Bénin langue des signes (Benin Sign Language) dictionaries

Bar-Tzur, D. Indigenous signs for cities: Benin.

Deaf advocacy and politics

Government implementation of the standard rules as seen by member organizations of World Federation of the Deaf - Association Nationale des Sourds du Benin, Benin.

Deaf education & youth Développement. La dernière journée des manifestations a été marquée à Porto-Novo par la visite d es élèves de l'Ecole des Sourds du Bénin au PAJE. Ils ont été très impressionnés par ce qui s'y fait et ont exprimé le vœu de voir se concrétiser un partenariat entre leur école et le PAJE de Porto-Novo.

ASUNOES.Centre pour sourds-muets. Porto-Novo, Benin; Center for Deaf Children, employing American Sign Language in the French speaking nation of Benin

EEDI-AGSP Benin. The EDDI Ambassadors' Girls' Scholarship Program in Benin is administered through four local partners: APEM, ASUNOES [Porto Novo Deaf School], Baha'i, and CARITAS.

Surdité en Afrique. 1. BENIN: Centre du programme d'Éducation de Formation et d'intégration sociale des sourds, B.P.897 Cotonou, République du Bénin; École béninoise pour les sourds, B.P. B.P.03-0541, Cotonou, BENIN.

Deaf history and current events

Miles, M. (2005). Deaf people living and communication in African histories, c. 960s - 1960s. There is strong documentary evidence that deaf or hearing impaired men and women, girls and boys, did occupy social space and took roles across the full spectrum of life throughout Africa in earlier centuries, living lives like everyone else and also having some different experiences. Traces and signs of deaf people appear in many sorts of historical document, such as travellers' accounts, legal and genealogical records, government, institutional and missionary archives, linguistic studies, literature, folklore, religious narrative, mime, dance and drama. Many of their experiences have involved severe economic poverty and adversity, stigmatising attitudes and exclusionary practices; yet this has not been the norm everywhere in Africa, and many deaf people have shown great resilience, perseverance, humour and ingenuity in their dealings and communications with the non-deaf world.


Association Nationale des Sourds du Benin. Contact info only.