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Global sign Challenge

Applications call for Global sign Challenge 2020

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Applications call for Global sign Challenge

The Global sign Challenge is an annual event that seeks to celebrate the amazing stories of how individuals around the world are using their National Sign Languages to improve children’s communication skills and learning. Winners are also empowered, trained and supported to collaborate with Early Years Centres, Grassroots organizations and Education Groups in their local communities to create storybook ideas for digital and print publication, distribution and use.


The Global Sign Challenge aims to

  • Further the development, awareness and appreciation of national /regional/local sign languages.
  • Promote creativity and originality in interacting with and supporting young children’s’ learning.
  • Foster community and familial relationships with young children.
  • foster a sense of pride in sign language and deaf culture/identity.

The overall vision is to get sign language introduced in all early years programs worldwide by 2030


  • Up to 10winners from any country in the world would receive recognition, a customized goodie bag, and a certificate of participation, for their outstanding work.
  • In Partnership with World Around You, three(3) top winners from Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, and Malawi, would receive training, support, and coaching to work with early years centers in their community to create storybooks in their national sign languages for digital and print publication, distribution and use. Winners would also receive incentives on all publications.​


  • Applicants must be using their National Sign Language to support children 0-8 years, in their learning.
  • All countries can apply, however the 2020 book development prize would be awarded to a submission from Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, and Malawi.

Evaluation Criteria

In a two minutes video, candidates must be using their national sign language to make an impact on children’s learning. All videos must have captions in English. The video will be evaluated based on the following

  • Innovation
  • Content and language use (Storytelling)
  • Theme: Using sign language to interact with and support children’s learning

More Information 


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline30 October,2020
Open toAll
OrganizerGlobal Sign Challegne



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