Letter from World Federation of the Deaf in Support of the Chief Ombudsman’s final opinion

Dear Minister Stanford

Support of the Chief Ombudsman’s final opinion regarding Deaf Aotearoa’s complaint against the Ministry of Education

I have read with great interest the Chief Ombudsman’s final opinion regarding Deaf Aotearoa’s complaint against the Ministry of Education. I was pleased to read that the complaint was upheld, and the Ministry of Education was found to have acted unreasonably.

The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) would like to applaud the Office of the Ombudsman for this response as it is a truly historic moment for Deaf children in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The WFD supports the final opinion. The Ministry of Education can work with Deaf Aotearoa who have extensive knowledge of inclusive, multilingual education. We also refer you to the report of the International Disability Alliance – ‘What an inclusive, equitable, quality education means to us’ and the WFD’s Declaration on the Rights of Deaf Children.

In the spirit of solidarity, the WFD stands ready to assist the Ministry of Education with the provision of relevant international expertise to ensure that a truly transformative approach to education in New Zealand Sign Language is realized.

It is my belief that this report creates a unique opportunity to show the world what can be done for the education of deaf learners. As Minister, you have the possibility to leave a significant legacy for others to uphold. New Zealand can become a role model for other countries also looking to deliver high quality education in sign language, so that all deaf children and learners around the world can thrive.

Sincerely,

Joseph J. Murray
President
World Federation of the Deaf

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