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Workshop promotes understanding on minority communities

Azlan Othman

In an effort to promote understanding for the hearing impaired community, as well as other minority communities in the Sultanate, Laksamana College of Business (LCB) BTEC Level 5 HND in Hospitality Management students organised a Sign Language Workshop in collaboration with non-profit organisation, Jari-jari Ku recently.

The workshop aimed to provide a platform for the hearing impaired community to teach sign language to LCB students and empower them in building a stronger relationship with diverse communities as well as allowing the student organisers to hone their skills in event management.

Led by Jari-jari Ku founder, Dr Hajah Norbayah binti Haji Shahminan and assisted by hearing impaired community members, the workshop saw the participation of almost 40 students.

Participants learnt the basics, including signing the alphabet, numbers, basic conversational signs, and how to introduce themselves.

The workshop facilitators utilised a combination of instructional techniques, such as visual aids, hands-on practice, and group activities, to ensure an immersive learning experience.

It is hoped the workshop can bridge the communication gap and promote inclusivity. Through gaining insights into the challenges faced by such community, the participants were able to develop empathy and a deeper appreciation.

By equipping the students with the fundamental skills of sign language, participants were better prepared to engage in a meaningful interaction and contribute to the inclusion of such community in various aspects of society.

Group photo of workshop participants. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN
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