Fondation Pierre Fabre

Achieving inclusive education for the deaf and hard of hearing  through the integration of ICT

Main beneficiary country:
Burkina Faso

About the sponsor


The Centre for Integrated Education and Training of the Deaf and Hearing (CEFISE/Benaja) was created in December 1988 following authorisation N ° AN VI-0364/FP-SAN-AS/SEAS/DRS. The Centre is a component of CEFISE-Benaja, recognised as a development NGO in 1993, which operates in six (6) regions of Burkina Faso: Centre, Centre-Sud, Sud-Ouest, Centre-Nord, Nord and Plateau Central. The CEFISE has opened specific services for support, awareness and screening for the benefit of its target audience and the populations of Burkina Faso: Audiology, Speech and Language Therapy, and Psychology of Education. The CEFISE’s specificity as a school in the field of inclusive education in Francophone West Africa is that: - At the primary level, deaf, hard of hearing and hearing pupils learn together in the classroom, with only one teacher who takes the lesson and simultaneously translates into conventional sign language; - In secondary schools, teachers are assisted by professional sign language interpreters (LdS); - At the national level, the CEFISE is a reference centre for training in sign language. It is considered as a resource structure, which the State of Burkina Faso consults for the promotion of inclusive education.

Sector: Organizational: Communities, public authorities, NGOs, associations, foundations, etc.

Country of origin: Burkina Faso

The organisation has:

Full-Time Equivalents
Service providers

Initiative overview

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Mental health
  • Deafness

Stage of development:

  • Pilot project/testing/trials

Area where initiative is utilised

  • National (in one country only)

Initiative start date

  • 05/28/2013

Initiative end date

  • 04/30/2020


Financing method

  • NGO

Economic model(s)

  • Donations
  • People with disabilities should buy anything, except the deaf schools

About the initiative

The problem: Challenges of deafness, and especially the lack of communication due to deafness.

ICT enables innovation through educator training and facilitates learning for the target audience.

The software, called Dico Sign_1.0, is a didactic and educational tool that aims to help sign language (LdS) speakers to improve their communication.

Usage: when a word present in the database is typed then validated, the corresponding illustration appears and shows a filmed animation of the corresponding sign, as well as a drawing. A quiz has been integrated with Dico Sign_1.0 to make learning LdS more fun. The primary beneficiaries are deaf and hard of hearing learners, their parents, their teachers and pupils in inclusive schools. Other groups concerned are actors in the world of disability and anyone interested in this sign language.

The use of ICT makes it possible to improve the situation of people with disabilities and promotes the exercise of their human rights, such as rights to education and information. The CEFISE, through the promotion of the Dico Sign_1.0 software, ensures large-scale access to quality inclusive education, integration of the deaf and hard of hearing as well as people living with another disability.

The project is taking place in the Centre region in Ouagadougou. It is opening up to partner organisations (Schools of the Deaf) throughout Burkina Faso and the West African subregion.

Fields of application:

Information, education and communication for behaviour change (IEC) - La surdité

Target audience

  • Dependents/persons with disabilities

Initiative objectives

  • The need to communicate in any place with anybody, and live in an inclusive world

Key figures

41 Number of beneficiaries since launch

5 Number of users per Month

Materials used

  • Cellular (mobile) phone
  • Smartphone
  • Tablet
  • Computer

Technologies used

  • Mobile telecommunications (without data connection)
  • Mobile app (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, HTML5, etc.)

Offline use


Open Source


Open Data


Independent evaluation



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