Very excited to read this article in the New Times today:
Activists are pushing for the recognition of sign language as one of the country’s official languages.
This would make it the fifth official language after Kinyarwanda, English, French and Swahili.
The development comes at a time when the country is awaiting a new sign language dictionary, which is expected to be ready later this year.
The dictionary, which would be the second of its kind for Rwanda, has been in the works since 2014.
I first came to Rwanda as a sign language researcher, and was involved with the inaugural dictionary right up to its publication in 2009. We travelled all around the country, documenting regional linguistic variations. It's really great to see it's being updated, and that the fight to recognise sign language is going strong.