Baghchehban, first teacher of deaf in Iran
November 24 marks the 42nd death anniversary of the ‘father of Persian sign language’ and founder of the first kindergarten for the deaf in Tabriz, East Azarbaijan province.
Jabbar Askarzadeh, known as Jabbar Baghchehban, was among the industrious devotees of Iranian culture. He began teaching in Marand, East Azarbaijan province, in 1911.
He introduced audio-visual teaching method to Iranian education system and wrote several books on teaching the deaf as well as improvise a number of devices to aid their learning.
Baghchehban, who was born in 1884, is considered the first publisher of children books in Iran.
He set up the first kindergarten for the deaf in Tabriz and named it ‘Children Garden’. For this reason he became known as ‘Baghchehban’ or gardener.
Following the suspension of the kindergarten in Tabriz, he pursued his job in Shiraz for six years. He created a new method for teaching Persian alphabet, which was unique and innovative.
He died on November 25, 1966 at the age of 82 in Tehran.
(note from Fookem and Bug…….see a picture of Iranian Deaf Education Teacher and related story at http://www.payvand.com/news/07/nov/1248.html )