Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
10:37 AM 17th July 2012

Swedish Summer for Doncaster Deaf Students

Students from Doncaster College for the Deaf visit Írebro Castle
Students from Doncaster College for the Deaf visit Írebro Castle
Four adventurous students from Doncaster College for the Deaf have completed a two week vocational education and training programme in Sweden.

The placements, part of the European Commission's Leonardo da Vinci programme, saw Afia Ahmed, Charlotte Locke, Joy Sells and Tamsin Smith attend the Swedish National Upper Secondary School for the Deaf in Írebro.

The students, who were accompanied by three members of support staff on the trip, also visited places of interest such as Írebro Castle and the Bergslagsleden Nature Reserve.

The visit to Scandinavia gave the students the chance to develop work-related skills and learn about foreign cultures.

Students from Doncaster College for the Deaf have been taking part in exchange programmes across Europe since 2009, with links established between the college and institutions in Germany, Sweden and the Czech Republic.

Bobbie Roberts, Chair of Trustees at Doncaster Deaf Trust, said: "We are proud of the College's international connections and the strong relationships we maintain with specialist education providers around the world.

"This was an enlightening exchange for the students and will help prepare them for life and work in a global society. They thoroughly enjoyed their time in Sweden and the experiences the visit gave them will be really beneficial."

Doncaster College for the Deaf is also heavily involved in promoting another Swedish initiative, Spread the Sign. An online dictionary that allows users to translate between different countries' sign languages, it is designed to encourage young deaf people to undertake an internship abroad.

The college, opposite Doncaster Racecourse on Leger Way, was awarded an 'outstanding' result, the highest possible, in a recent Ofsted inspection.