Ethiopian sign
Native toEthiopia
Native speakers
560,000 (2021)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3eth

A number of Ethiopian sign languages have been used in various Ethiopian schools for the deaf since 1971, and at the primary level since 1956. Ethiopian Sign Language, presumably a national standard, is used in primary, secondary, and—at Addis Ababa University—tertiary education, and on national television.[citation needed] The Ethiopian Deaf Community uses the language as a marker of identity.


  1. ^ Ethiopian sign at Ethnologue (25th ed., 2022) Closed access icon