In a country with one of the highest illiteracy rates in the world, over 1 million children are diagnosed as deaf. More than 50% of Pakistan’s population currently reside in rural areas having little to no access to specialized resources for children with disabilities. For those students who have attended specialized schools, they often face additional barriers in communication due to their parents’ and teachers’ inability to effectively communicate with them. As a result, elementary and secondary school graduation rates among deaf students remain very low, negatively impacting their future job prospects and earning potential.
IDRF and the Family Educational Services Foundation (FESF) have been working to alleviate the gap in deaf education in Karachi, through the Deaf Reach program. With a total of six campuses based in the provinces of Karachi, Hyderabad, Rashidabad, Nawabshah, Sukkur and Lahore, the Deaf Reach program has currently benefitted over 5,000 deaf students in Pakistan. These students are taught using the FESF developed academic curriculum, which includes academic and vocational skills training, a job placement program and Pakistan sign language development classes.
Recently, IDRF conducted another phase of this project, which further provided students with the tailored FESF academic curriculum and deaf education training for teachers. As a result, this project enhanced the quality of education for male and female deaf students in Pakistan. Safe and reliable transportation to and from school was also provided to the majority of male and female students based on their needs. Through your generous support, 230 boys and girls of the Deaf Reach schools were able to further develop their skills and knowledge.
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