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Deaf programs in Pakistan: FESF’s Deaf Reach Program

Learn more about the Family Educational Services Foundation (FESF) and their deaf programs in Pakistan. Education, employment, etc.
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Learn more about the Family Educational Services Foundation (FESF) and their deaf programs in Pakistan. FESF’s provides educational services and builds capacity in neglected sectors of Pakistan’s society. For example, they invest in educational development and provide training programs. Not all of their programs are for deaf people. But one of their major programs is their Deaf Reach program. Nearly one million deaf children are in Pakistan. Meanwhile, 95 percent are not enrolled in school. Deaf Reach seeks to close that gap.

Deaf Reach coordinates seven schools, training centers, and colleges. These programs are in Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Tando Allahyar, Nawabshah, Lahore and Jhelum. They provide free education for deaf students from pre-school through college. They also cover other expenses such as books, uniforms, and more. Deaf Reach emphasizes the importance of enrolling deaf girls in school.

Other Deaf Reach services include vocational skills training in Information Technology, Culinary Arts, and more. Their deaf programs in Pakistan include a job placement program. This has placed more than 1000 deaf adults in jobs. Meanwhile, their parent training program helps parents communicate with and care for their deaf children. They also have a teacher training program. In consequence, 50 percent of Deaf Reach school staff are deaf. Another of their deaf programs in Pakistan is the Pakistan Sign Language Development program. This documents the language and develops free curricula and tutorials to people nationwide. As a result, many parents and teachers have learned Pakistan Sign Language.

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Also explore other organizations around the world that work in deaf education, employment, or teacher training.

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