Supporting Quality Sign Language Interpretation Services in Tanzania

Project start-finish

01.04.2022 - 30.09.2023


498,000 DKK



About Project

The purpose of the initiative is to strengthen the inclusion of deaf people in Tanzanian society. This will be done by increasing the capacity and quality of sign language interpreting. 

Sign language interpreting in Tanzania is currently of poor quality and the number of interpreters is too small to meet a constantly increasing demand for interpreting. Sign language interpreting is one of the most important keys to the integration and active participation of deaf people in society.

The project targets capacity building of sign language interpreters at the interpreters’ organization TASLI and the deaf organization CHAVITA, as well as sign language interpreting students at the University of Dar es Salaam.

Furthermore, advocacy is targeted at public authorities and institutions that have a conventionally and legislatively defined obligation to serve the deaf members of society.

Finally, TASLI is strengthened as an organization. The effort includes courses in sign language interpreting, the ethical demands of interpreting, organizational development, and an action learning process via ongoing CICED supervision of TASLI’s management.


If you are not visible….

9. February 2024 Johnny Baltzersen

.... your rights and concerns are not visible either CHAVITA Chairwoman Selina Mlemba summarizes her impressions from a workshop on disability rights with a focus on employment rights. "At the workshop, I learned that we have a lot of knowledge...

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Always remember that you are special and unique

9. February 2024 Johnny Baltzersen

Happy Shujaa was born in 1998 in Moshi in northern Tanzania on the border of Kilimanjaro National Park. Deaf from birth, she attended primary school at Mwanga School for the Deaf and later at Moshi Technical Secondary School. "When I...

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Young deaf people to work in Tanzania

9. March 2023 Johnny Baltzersen

By: Johnny Baltzersen  Recently, CISU approved the reporting on our latest project with the deaf organization in Tanzania CHAVITA. The project focused on strengthening deaf people's access to sign language in communication with public authorities, employers and in social life...

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Quality sign language interpreting – for the benefit of deaf people and interpreters

9. March 2023 Johnny Baltzersen

By: Johnny Baltzersen  "It has been a great learning experience to have Ida and Emilie at the workshop here in Dar, and when we could also have Elisabeth on a zoom connection from Denmark, we are highly motivated to continue...

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Hello! Do you hear us – do you see us?

26. January 2022 Johnny Baltzersen

By: Johnny Baltzersen Tanzania has long since ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - December 13, 2007). The country has even followed up with its own...

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Party in the street for sign language

30. September 2021 Johnny Baltzersen

By: Johnny Baltzersen, CICED   From September 20-26, deaf rights were in the spotlight around the world during International Week of the Deaf. For CICED's partner in Tanzania, the deaf organization CHAVITA, it was a busy week spent strengthening the campaign...

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When stubbornness pays off

24. March 2021 Johnny Baltzersen

By: Johnny Baltzersen  Stubbornness is a wildly underrated trait. The '7 stubbornnesses' have even been researched and written about. Whether 'CICED stubbornness' is one of the seven, we can't say. But it works. In the summer of 2019, three CICED...

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Sign language interpreting bridges the gap between deaf and hearing – also in Tanzania

15. February 2021 Johnny Baltzersen

At the same time as our last newsletter landed in your inbox telling you about CICED's plans for a new project with the deaf organization/CHAVITA in Tanzania, we were online with the sign language interpreters' association/TASLI.  Better and more sign...

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The deaf in Tanzania want to be heard too

12. February 2021 Johnny Baltzersen

On the same day that we have received approval of both the report and accounts for our COVID-19 project with the deaf organization CHAVITA in Tanzania, we are ready with a new joint effort for the benefit of the deaf. ...

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COVID-19 in sign language – helping deaf people in Tanzania

7. September 2020 Johnny Baltzersen

By: Johnny Baltzersen, chair, CICED  With the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic in Tanzania, the deaf organization CHAVITA set out to ensure that the deaf community in the country had as much and as good information about COVID-19 as possible....

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COVID-19 information for the deaf community in Tanzania

13. May 2020 Johnny Baltzersen

'There is no information for the deaf regarding COVID-19. In such a crisis situation, the disabled are extra vulnerable. Is there any way you can help?'  So began an email to CICED in early April from Dickson Mveyange, Director of...

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3. April 2020 Johnny Baltzersen

An overview of general challenges and how CICED, our partners and projects are doing. By: Johnny Baltzersen, CICED, chair  While all the headlines for weeks have been about the coronavirus in our own backyard, the focus is now also on...

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The right to a language

30. August 2019 Johnny Baltzersen

By: Johnny Baltzersen, CICED  Last week saw a lot of focus on deaf people and sign language around the world. Also in Tanzania. September 23rd was the UN's International Sign Language Day, and the day heralded a week of attention...

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In a mysterious way

30. July 2019 Johnny Baltzersen

The need to pray with a deaf person was the start of a career as a sign language interpreter By: Johnny Baltzersen, CICED  The name is Jonathan Livingstone. He is one of the first sign language interpreters in Tanzania. 'It...

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