Message from the KSLIA Chair February 2015

Message from the KSLIA Chair

February 2015

KSLIA is all of us. If KSLIA fails to deliver, it is all of us who have failed to deliver because the organization is simply our agent. We are the principals and our organization simply acts on our behalf. In a democratic dispensation, the organization is only one element co-existing in a social fabric of many varied organizations.

Members of an organization should share in the responsibility of joining with others to shape the future of the organization. As KSLIA members, we must take responsibility for the fate of our organization, in the end we will rejoice when we take the organization to the next level and achieve the progress that our hearts yearn for. This is what KSLIA leadership has endeavored to do together with those who mean well for the profession.

Therefore KSLIA office bearers act for the interests of the organization and not for personal interests. Where personal interests exist, the organizations’ interests must always carry the day. The current office bearers have therefore always acted for the interest of the organization. Some may not be pleased especially if they want to have their way. BUT anyone in our position would always do what the office demands i.e doing what is right to ensure the organizations’ interests always prevail.

Consequently, as an office, we may have rubbed some interpreters the wrong way as we execute our mandate BUT let it be clear to all of you that it is nothing personal. It is what the position we are in demands. It requires us to EXECUTE OUR MANDATE even when it doesn’t please everyone as long, as it is the right thing to do. This we will continue to do without fear or favour for the benefit of us all for it is the only way we can achieve the progress we yearn for.


God Bless you all

KSLIA National Chairperson

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KSLIA National Forum

KSLIA National Forum 2008



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Highlights are some notes from the meeting and final report.

Prior to 2004, the Deaf community was highly critical of the individual interpreters who were only thinking about making money. Instead the deaf asked for higher quality in interpreters. The deaf felt exploited. From here emerged a need for training of interpreters. The curriculum began to be developed.

There is competition between interpreters about the same jobs. Interpreters are working alone and in isolation.

Interpreters have their specific area, which they protect and work in.

There is a need for fieldwork around the country to collect the sign used in the different regions in order to develop and expand Kenyan sign language.

There have been interpreters trained in Nordic countries, but when they returned to Kenya, they did not sharing the knowledge they achieved. There is lack of cooperation between Deaf community (consumers) and interpreters (service providers)

Many deaf people have problems with interpreters. One problem is that many Deaf are lowly paid and can’t afford fee for interpreters. There are also problems with educational levels between interpreters and deaf that creates difficulties with communication.

In 2007, Deaf Aid, a Norwegian NGO with a strong country presence in Kenya, sponsored the first writing workshop held in Nairobi (Rosa Mystica conference centre). All major stakeholders were represented, including the Ministry of Education, KIE, KNAD and KSLRP. Representatives from Deaf Associations across the country also participated. The first draft was successfully negotiated through the KIE Course Panel.

On 8th and 9th May 2008, the KIE academic board was expected to review and make a decision on the final draft of the curriculum, after which it will be published.

KNEC is the proposed examiner and the trainers proposed are the current interpreters;

The curriculum is designed for the award of a Diploma in KSL Interpreting, after 2,880 hours of course work, and spread over two years.

The full Report will be availed soon

We are in the process of organizing for the first ever Interpreters Mentoring Workshop in August of 2008.



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