Benilde’s Filipino sign language online lessons raise funds for deaf students, frontliners in lockdown

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Filipino Sign Language Online Lessons
Filipino Sign Language Learning Program Instructor Maria Elena Lozada performs SDEAS Coordinator John Xandre Baliza’s interpretation of Juan Karlos’ “Buwan” for a promotional video of the movie “Isa Pa with Feelings.”
Photo courtesy of Elena Lozada via SDEAS Facebook.

De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) is offering Filipino Sign Language (FSL) Online Lessons for interested learners as part of its fundraising drive for deaf students and frontliners stranded in the lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus disease.

The Filipino Sign Language lessons facilitated by the Benilde School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies (SDEAS) will be held on Facebook Live for 3 Saturdays beginning May 30, 2020, at 4 pm with SDEAS Deaf Relay Interpreter Bernadette Infanta facilitating the online session.

The FB Live 30-minute lessons will be held for free to the public. The DLS-CSB, however, encourages donations to the #SignForSigns Fundraising Campaign which aims to raise funds for the living allowances of deaf students and indigent scholars who are stranded in their dormitories due to the community quarantine.

The fundraiser also assists FSL Learning Program faculty who are on no-work no-pay-scheme and the FSL Access Team for COVID-19 who render their services as media interpreters in daily news in major broadcast networks during this time of COVID-19 pandemic.

Interested learners are encouraged to donate a minimum of Php 350 through this link to get FSL learning materials that aim to raise awareness and spark interest towards the Filipino Sign Language.

Philippine schools and organizations have adjusted rules and protocols fit to the so-called “new normal” for the welfare of the students.

De La Salle University-Manila previously announced its shift to home-based learning and technological as well as psychosocial support for its academic community.

Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) in Quezon City announced that they will give all students Pass (P) marks and will refund lab and dorm fees, as acts of compassion.

The Department of Education also moved the academic year, which usually starts every June, to August 2020 to April 2021, while shifting classes to online and home-based learning.

The Land Bank of the Philippines launched its “Study Now, Pay Later” program to increase the capacity of private academic institutions to provide assistance to students.

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