There are about 6,000 deaf people who are registered in the Deaf association. When parents find out that their child is deaf they send the child to а special center in the capital city, Skopje, where they get tested and diagnosed. After that they go to study in elementary school in Bitola. For high school they go to Skopje and they are placed in specializations: one is for men—locksmith and the other is for women—textile work. After that they can study in university but not all the majors. Only about five people have graduated from university.
In Macedonia the deaf population is not very well educated. Most of the teachers in the school don’t know sign language. When a deaf student graduates from high school his level of education is equivalent to that of an eleven-year-old non-deaf child. Their options for education are very limited. This child lives separate from their parents from seven years old. There are about 25 translators in the country and all of them work in institutions. For that reason they are not available to translate for the deaf people in ordinary life. Because of those problems the deaf people in Macedonia live very isolated lives.
There are two sign languages in Macedonia—old and new. Deaf people are using the old language. The new is used only officially but many of the deaf people don’t understand it. Macedonia has one primary school and one high school for deaf people, so the language throughout the country is the same for all the nationalities living in Macedonia.
Other Balkan sign languages differ in both grammar and vocabulary. The author of this profile only understands about 50% but can still communicate by understanding the context of what is signed.
They don’t have information about God because they don’t read well. They imitate religious traditions that they see other people do without understanding them.
There are no known believers among the Macedonian deaf people. It’s hard for them to respond to the Gospel because they have difficulty understanding the Scriptures because of a lack of vocabulary in the Macedonian sign language to explain many of the concepts of Christianity. You need to explain the Gospel as you would to a child.
There are not any parts of the Bible translated in Macedonian sign language. There are five videos of stories from the Bible that have been recently released. Half have not heard who Jesus is.
Most of the churches in Macedonia use Macedonian language in their services without translation into sign language. There are no Christian congregations in Macedonia serving the deaf people.
There are no cross-cultural missionaries in Macedonia right now serving among deaf people. They are very needed especially for literacy, education and church planting.
* Scripture Prayers for the Deaf in North Macedonia.
|Profile Source: Anonymous|
|Expanded PDF Profile|
|People Name General||Deaf|
|People Name in Country||Deaf|
|Population this Country||10,000|
|Population all Countries||48,207,000|
|Progress Scale||3 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||0 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|Region||Europe, Eastern and Eurasia|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical Unknown)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|