Seeing sign language interpreters on TV during the government’s Covid-19 announcement has raised awareness of this official language of NZ.
It has also encouraged a company that is focused on promoting NZ Sign Language (NZSL) to do what it can to get the subject into local Primary Schools.
The company, Sign Language Interactive Cards NZ, won last year’s Young Enterprise Company of the Year award. It produces playing cards and other educational tools relating to NZSL.
The company is donating around $500-worth of its educational cards to 17 Hibiscus Coast and North Shore Primary schools. Each pack includes a flyer for the staff, so they can learn more about the packs.
Riley Tibbits, the company’s chief financial officer, says this is the first time that the
packs have been provided to local schools.
“We have never done a focused donation for a local community like this, so we are excited to see what type of reaction the Hibiscus Coast community has,” Riley says. “To this point, families across the country have enjoyed learning the language together, as it is very accessible.”
The packs will be sent out once schools return.