March 22, 2015
The student gives a speech in sign language at the
closing ceremony at the Nogata School for the Deaf.
Nogata-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture:
The closing ceremony took place in the Prefectural Nogata School for the Deaf in Nogata-shi located in Japan's southern island on March 21. About 370 people concerned, including the students, guardians, alumni, etc., witnessed the end of the 67-year history of the school.
The school was established in 1948, the only one that has worked on education for the deaf in the Chikuho area. About 200 students were enrolled between 1950-1960. A student gave a speech, "We feel very sad to see our school to be closed where we had a good school life, but each of us will never forget the strong feeling for our old school".
The school will be merged with the Prefecture Nogata school for special education and make a new start as Prefecture Nogata special support school in April. There are 27 preschooler through ninth graders at the school for the Deaf, and 22 out of them will be transferred to the new school.