Kids learn sign language

2020-02-25 06:02
Dominique Petersen from Lansdowne teaches the kids at Jumpstart sign language through nursery rhymes. She will complete her studies at the end of the year.

Dominique Petersen from Lansdowne teaches the kids at Jumpstart sign language through nursery rhymes. She will complete her studies at the end of the year.

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Children at Jumpstart Educare Centre in Lansdowne are learning sign language through nursery rhymes.

“Dominique Petersen arrived on our doorstep looking for an early childhood development (ECD) centre where she could do her practical work. She is currently doing her level 4 at the College of Cape Town in Crawford, but finding work in the vicinity was difficult,” says Aziza Ebrahim, owner of Jumpstart.

Petersen previously worked at the Dominican School for the Deaf in Wynberg and walked from Lansdowne to Wynberg daily.

“I felt sorry for her because of the distance that she had to travel daily, and offered that she can come and assist at Jumpstart. She is hard of hearing and when I saw her interaction with the kids and how they enjoy singing and signing with her, I knew she was a God-send,” Ebrahim says.

To complete her level 4 studies, she has to work at an ECD and Petersen is very happy at Jumpstart.

“My kids are now benefitting and maybe the staff will also join in learning sign language. You are never too old to learn new things, and for all of us at Jumpstart this is a new venture,” Ebrahim says.

She added that Jumpstart is an inclusive school and thought Petersen would be an asset there.

“Petersen is finishing her studies in December this year and she is teaching our children with hearing impairment – and the children love this,” Ebrahim says.

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