female from indonesia
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[Description: A woman faces directly to the camera, signing. She is standing in a large room with tables, posters and bright light behind her]

In Indonesia there are deaf teachers
Yes, we do have deaf teachers teaching
But overall, in Indonesia, there are actually just a few spread out
Maybe a total of 16
That’s very few
It’s not many
16 deaf teachers
So now the question for them is how is their pay?
Good or not?
They’ve completed their BA degrees
and are certified
so they can be teachers
There are about 10 deaf teachers in deaf schools
But not all of the schools sign
They are oral
If the hearing teacher sees the deaf teacher sign, they tell them they should be speaking
instead of signing
Until the hearing teacher leaves, then they can start signing again
It’s a problem that has repeatedly occured
Now we have been discussing how can we advocate
That we must use sign language
and teach with sign language
A problem is that in one school, there would be one deaf teacher
It’s difficult to stand strong
If there were more than one deaf teacher, it’s possible to fight
and speak up that we want to use sign language
Right now we’ve been discussing how we can come together and address this
And that brings us to another problem, funding
We want to be able to fund meetings
Because people would have to travel by air or train
How can we support them financially
We need funding, and it’s a big challenge
We also need resources
R – E – S – O – U – R – C – E
like information, how to search and find
There arent any
If there happens to be resources available
but it’s in English. We’d not be able to understand
It needs to be translated to Indonesian language
either written or sign language
There isnt any
We need more resources
Maybe even in International Sign
How to teach deaf students, to read and write
bilingually with sign language
That’s the most wanted resources
Plus sign language, maybe more visual
so the information is clear and easy to understand
so we can use it to teach

Laura, a leader in the deaf community in Indonesia talks about an issue deaf teachers face.

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