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The Christian Mission for the Deaf Nigeria, [CMDN] is a non-governmental and non-profit making organization founded by a black deaf American, Dr. Andrew Foster in 1960 to cater in a holistic way for the deaf Africans. Dr. Foster invented some local signs to complement American Sign Language that has brought to the deaf the light of education. It makes teaching strategies clear, simple, and easily understandable. Our boarding schools are depending on donations from church, individuals, firms and companies togehter with low fees for managing our running costs

For more information about our school, please check our

We purchased 39 acres of land at Ibadan and Lagos express way about 16 miles from our present centre for now. However, we shall need to expand the 120 acres of land for building large schools, organic farm, conference, youth camp and recreation. We appeal for your support to share in our burden by contributing toward the raising 609 million naira building development, please. Your interest and contribution in form of any building materials or constructing any of the designed houses will be highly appreciated.
* A block of one storey building for elementary school,
* A block of one storey building for high school,
* Two building blocks of female storey dormitories,
* Two building blocks of male storey hostels,
* Administrative block,
* Auditorium block,
* Dinning Hall and Kitchen block,
* Library and computer Lab block,
* Staff quarters blocks,
* Power supply,
* Electrical materials and Power transformer,
* Water supply,
* Office furniture,
* Teaching and office equipments,
* Sport fields and athletic materials,
* Wooden bunk double beds,
* Stainless dishes, spoons, forks and kitchen utensils,
* Two large buses and two pick up trucks (both automatic transmission), and
* Two agriculture tractor

Kindly help countless deaf people from remote communities by donating any cash or building materials.

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Our goal is to provide sensitive nursery education to the deaf children for language and communication development. It is part of Christian Mission School for the deaf that reactivated in 1998. It admits students of ages: 5 and up. The kids are taught to practice alphabet and numbers by use of finger spelling and learn to use many different signs. This method will enable them understand and answer the teacher's communication in class. The program normally takes one year before serious and successful students take the promotion examination to progress to primary one. Registration for admission is open any time.


Dr. Andrew Foster established his second deaf primary school called Ibadan Mission School for the Deaf at Molete, Ibadan in Oyo State in May 1960. It operated until in 1972 when military government campaigned on taking over Mission schools; it was given away by merging it with Home for the Deaf which is now Ibadan School for the Deaf at Ijokodo. However, much later because of the deaf people facing education deterioration in the country due to language deficit, it became a necessity to reactivate the old Ibadan Mission School for the Deaf for high quality primary school training in 1998 and rename the school “Christian Mission School for the Deaf.Christian Mission School for the Deaf [CMSD] provides highly imparting qualitative education and it runs for a period of six consecutive years before pupils can graduate. However, any student from primary five who have proved to be academically sound and fit for Junior Secondary School one [JSS one] is allowed to participate for entrance examination.Registration for admission which involves test in English and Mathematics is open at any time. The placement examination will identify some strengths and weaknesses for our guide to appropriate primary level for effectiveness. The school will administer the examination and if the result is very good, then the promotion to higher class will be considered.

Andrew Foster Memorial College [AFMC] is named after Dr. Andrew Jackson Foster, a deaf black American educator to Africa because of his most illustrious education service to the deaf Africans. It is described as a sensitive, comprehensive six year program high school for the deaf. It offers Junior Secondary School [JSS] 1 - 3 and Senior Secondary School [SSS] 1 - 3 courses. In addition, it has a fine science laboratory.Admission into Senior Secondary School is open to student who have completed Junior Secondary School Three and passed the Junior Secondary School Certificate Examination by the State Ministry of Education. Final consideration is based on the candidate's performance in the College’s Senior Secondary Placement Examination (SSPE). The questions for the examinations are in English Language and Mathematics. The extra testing is also to convince the College staff that the candidate has been adequately prepared for Senior School curriculum.Deaf students seeking admission must have completed primary school education before they must pass the college’s entrance examination in English Language and Mathematics.Placement examination for any higher class requires passing all the subjects from JSS one or higher class. It offers arts and science subjects including computer and vocational studies.Candidates who seek to transfer into AFMC must pass the placement tests to determine his or her ability to be successful in the curriculum of the level into which admission is being sought.


1. Junior Secondary School Level:

General Mathematics, English Language, Literature in English, Integrated Science, Social Studies, Business Studies, Agricultural Science, Introductory Technology, Home Economics, Fine Arts, Physical and Health Education, Christian Religious Knowledge

2. Senior Secondary School Level:

General Mathematics, English Language, Literature in English, Government, Economics, Commerce, Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Food and Nutrition, Christian Religious Knowledge.

At the end of the Junior Secondary School three, all the students will write the State's Ministry of Education Junior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (JSSCE) for the Junior Secondary School Certificate. Also at the end of the Senior Secondary School three, all candidates will write the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations for the award of Senior School Certificate by either the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO.


Apart from a conductive learning environment free from the hustle and bustle of the city life, our schools are residential [boarding]. The boarding house is the second home of the students. The foods are prepared by seasoned cooks. The extra – curricular activities involve sporting, recreational, cultural display, etc.
1. To identify the deaf and catch them young.
2. To liberate our fellow deaf people from the bondage of illiteracy.
3. To support, train and equip the deaf people to become self-reliant.
4. To reduce considerably and ultimately eliminate poverty and all forms of street begging among deaf people.
5. To enable and encourage the deaf people to contribute meaningfully to the economic. social and cultural development of their family, community and nation at large.
6. To develop innate abilities, improve academic performance, resourcefulness and enhance vocational skills of the deaf.
7. To train productive students, leaders and workers.

1. Deaf children are not dumb, mute or mentally deficit; they lack the speech and language simply because they lack the important sense of hearing.
2. Deaf children’s handicapping condition is extremely serious because they are deprived of the normal roads for mental development.
3. Deaf children’s handicapping condition places them in a world of complete silence. This affects them physically, emotionally, educationally, socially, economically and spiritually.
4. Deaf children, in general, cannot be trained successfully in normal schools.
5. Deaf children, if they are to attain maximum mental development and spiritual benefits, must be sent to a SPECIAL school for the deaf. This requires noble sacrifices: emotionally and financially by both the parents and their children.
6. Deaf children can be taught, to varying degrees, to speak, lip read, write, read, earn a living, do creative things, worship God, help others, pay taxes [instead of being tax-supported], and so on.
7. Deaf children’s greatest need is LANGUAGE and KNOWLEDGE which must be taught through the senses of touch and sight, using every known method and every available means, including speech, speech reading, finger spelling, manual signs, written language, hearing aids and others. This is a most difficult task because ordinarily language and knowledge are acquired through the ear.
8. Deaf children’s school must operate with specially trained teachers, special and very costly teaching devices in addition to regular training and boarding expenses.
9. Deaf children's would be identified early and caught young for training. This will reduce, even eliminate considerably and ultimately illiteracy, poverty and all forms of begging.
10. Deaf children, though unfortunately handicapped, can be trained to become happy, useful, productive, God-fearing citizens. The obligation to rehabilitate them is YOURS and OURS. We should ....We must...We will, do it.

[Curled from Dr. Andrew Foster’s works]

Since its establishment, Christian Mission for the Deaf, Nigeria (CMDN) has played a major role in transforming the lives of many deaf persons in Nigeria and Africa and has built physical, spiritual, solid foundations of enviable and commendable qualities in them. It was also through the foundation of education erected by CMDN in Nigeria that the present generation of the deaf could be seen attending different schools ranging from primary, secondary, technical education to other tertiary institutions.

Many deaf Nigerians and other deaf Africans who were trained at our Mission have obtained bachelor degrees from Nigerian universities and seminary while others are still studying for bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees in Nigeria and overseas. In fact, many deaf people from Nigeria here hold very sensitive positions in institutions and private organizations in America today. Some of them have become professors; one of them is a dean while others are directors and chairpersons. The gain to Nigeria from the pioneering efforts of our Mission is the high literacy level of deaf Nigerians as compared to any other country in the Africa and other third world countries. Furthermore, some of our graduates and staff have pioneered education and gospel works in some other countries like Chad, Benin Republic, Fuji Island, etc.
If you want to see or visit the schools, please contact the Administrator or public relations officer.

Street Contact/Address:
Christian Mission School for the Deaf Centre/
Andrew Foster Memorial College,
Plot 78 Commercial Reservations,
Off Kudeti Avenue,
Off Oba Akenzua II Crescent,
Onireke GRA, Ibadan,
Oyo State, Nigeria
Mail Correspondence/Postal Address:
Christian Mission for the Deaf Nigeria,
P. O. Box 808,
Dugbe, Ibadan, Oyo State,

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Email address:
Cell [Nigeria]: # 08055228504, # 08073236663

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