Deaf cultures and Sign Languages of the world: Cameroon (Cameroun)

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

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map of Cameroon

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Map: Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection.

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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.

Cameroon Sign Language Deaf culture Deaf education & youth Deaf health Deaf history and current events

Cameroon Sign Language

CAMEROON DEAF EMPOWERMENT ORGANISATION - Programs. Sign language classes are organised for parents of deaf children and other interested individuals . Classes are taught by trained deaf and hearing teachers. A three day training programme was conducted in June 1999 and this included deaf people from the town of Kumba. A total of nine people participated. Ongoing training is provided to CDEO sign language teachers. Funding for this programme was provided by the British High Commission of Yaounde and the Catholic Deaf Association (CDA), U.K. In January 2000, Rev. Fr Peter McDonough and Mrs Roslyn Robinson, representing CDA, U.K .gave a seminar on teaching sign language in CDEO’s office. The sign language teachers found the seminar refreshing

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Deaf culture

Publications and presentations by KAMEI Nobutaka.

Rich, J. Research interests of KAMEI Nobutaka. Studies on the Deaf communities and sign languages in Africa - Fieldwork in Cameroon and Gabon.

Deaf education & youth

Divers : Faire un don de matériel pour un institut de jeunes sourds en Afrique - BB.

Engono, A. (2008). LE JOUR QUOTIDIEN - Innocent Djonthé : “Les textes signés ne sont pas respectés”. LE PROMOTEUR DU CERSOM DÉPLORE LE MANQUE D'ENCADREMENT SCOLAIRE DES SOURDS-MUETS.

Ephphatha Institute for the Deaf (EID).

Institut National Evangelique Des Enfants Deficients Auditifs et Visuels (INEDAV).


Shettle, A. (2004, Spring). Deaf Children with Additional Disabilities in Developing Countries, Cameroon and Cameroon resources.

Surdité en Afrique. See 4. CAMEROUN.

Deaf health

DeafTODAY. (2004, May 5). North West: Deaf and Dumb Sensitised On HIV/AIDS. A Non-governmental Organisation (Centre de resources d'animation et de la sensibilisation des sourds) known by its French acronym CERAS is currently integrating the deaf and dumb throughout the country in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

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 Cameroun


Surdité en Afrique. See 4.CAMEROUN.