The Dr.Reijntjes School for the Deaf in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
The Dr.Reijntjes School for the Deaf in Moratuwa started in 1984 with 8 deaf pupils under the care of Mrs. Tineke de Silva-Nijkamp from the Netherlands. After 3 months there were 16 deaf children. The School was growing so fast that new buildings were constructed with the help of Dutch Organizations. All the deaf pupils also needed boarding facilities, as they came from rural areas of Sri Lanka. After 10 years the number of deaf children was growing to 100.
At the Deaf School the deaf pupils get a normal school program like any other hearing child. Only the method of teaching is different. We use the National Sign Language of Sri Lanka. The extra lessons they get here are speech therapy, drama, yoga, dancing, expression & art classes. Through these lessons the deaf children learn to express themselves and get self confidence, to face the hearing society.
The Dr. Reijntjes School for the Deaf is depending on Donations to run this Deaf School. Most parents of the pupils are not educated and don’t see the importance of sending their deaf child to a deaf school. Therefore the Dr. Reijntjes Deaf School is totally free of charge and all the pupils get a free hearing aid of the School.