Mr. Marco Stanley Nyarko

Assistant Lecturer

Research Areas/Interests


Marco Stanley Nyarko is a pioneering deaf educator and sign language linguistic researcher who has served the national and international Deaf Community with excellence for 15 years. Nyarko holds a bachelor's degree in special education from the University of Education, Winneba and MA (TESL) from University of Ghana. His portfolio includes implementation of deaf education projects at Lancaster University and the University of Central Lancashire, sign language research with the University of Leiden and the University of Ghana, and participation in deafness and development forums with his peers in Ivory Coast and Swaziland. In recognition of outstanding achievement, U.S. Embassy in Accra awarded Nyarko the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, known as YALI. As a YALI Fellow, Nyarko pursued academic coursework and leadership training in Washington, D.C. and at the University of Texas in Austin. Nyarko currently teaches Sign Language for Health Communication at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi. Nyarko also served as a research assistant for a joint research project, Language Socialization with Deaf Families in Africa, investigated by Dr. Victoria Nyst (Leiden University, Netherlands) and currently serving as research assistant on research project, Developing and Validating Measures for Deaf and Hard of Hearing stigma in Eastern and Greater Accra Regions, Ghana.  It is in this light that Nyarko wants to broaden his skills by working on the documentation of sign language, which will serve as a reference for much research work.

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