Sindh educating special-needs children: CM

Murad vows to provide opportunities for growth to persons with disabilities

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that his government, in partnership with Deaf Reach, is imparting education and training to differently-abled children.

“This is a noble cause in which the Founder of Deaf Reach Mr. Richard Geary and his team have extended a very helpful hand with the Sindh government.” This he said while speaking at the Inauguration Ceremony of Deaf Reach Campus & Bachelor of Arts Convocation here at Gulistan-e-Jauhar. The event was attended by CM Special Assistant Sadiq Memon, Chairman STEVTA Saleem Jalbani, MD STEVTA Dr Mustafa Suhag, Secretary Special Education Hadi Bux Kalhoro, and others.

Shah said that he was overwhelmed to have met these differently-talented students at Deaf Reach, who have graduated from the Bachelor of Arts program, and those who were sitting in classrooms. “It is the vision of my [his] government to provide ample opportunities for growth to persons with disabilities,” he said and added that as partners, Deaf Reach has expanded our vision and he thanked them for the collaboration with the Sindh government to achieve this goal together.

The CM said that he was impressed with the facilities that deaf students were being provided by Deaf Reach. “I have seen their digital sign language learning program,” he said and added, “It is a unique resource that will help build capacity for not only students but teachers and parents as well as across poodle Pakistan and is hopeful that it is going to deliver an amazing impact in near future.” Murad Ali Shah said that he was proud of Deaf Reach with their six schools in the province and urged them to enhance and strengthen the partnership further in other districts such as Larkana and Hyderabad.

He urged the corporate sector to open doors to inclusivity and provide more opportunities to deaf youth for employment. “My government has already allocated a separate quota for differently-abled persons in government jobs and we will offer jobs to recently graduated students,” he announced. The Chief Minister said that the building of the Deaf Reach in Gulistan-e-Jauhar has the capacity to have two more floors which he announced to build to accommodate more students.

It may be noted that the Deaf Reach building is owned by STEVTA which the chief minister gave to Deaf Reach for the center where currently 2000 students were receiving education. The Founder of Deaf Reach Mr. Richard Geary, speaking on the occasion told the CM that there are over 100,000 children with hearing impairment living across the province whom he has to bring to his center for learning. Mr. Geary lauded the support and cooperation of the chief minister for being a propelling force behind the successful operation of the center.

The CM gave away degrees to the graduating students and also congratulated them and their parents. Earlier, the chief minister visited classrooms, met with the children, interacted with them, and spent quality time with them, enjoying their company. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah Tuesday said that education was the backbone of socio-economic development of any country and without tangible development and requisite advancements in this sector, a nation could not survive or thrive in the world.

This he said while speaking at a ceremony organised to distribute teachers’ training certificates by the School Education department here at the Banquet Hall of the CM House. The program was attended by Education Minister Syed Sardar Shah, CM Special Assistant Nayab Leghari, MPA Ghulam Qadir Malkani, Secretary of College Education Ahmed Bux Narejo, Secretary School Education Akbar Leghari, senior officers of the education department, members of civil society, graduating teachers and others.

He said that his government was very much focused and determined in bringing palpable improvement in the Education Sector which was evident from our policies and interventions in this particular sector of great significance to enlighten our province with education. Talking about the incentives, the chief minister said that by bringing the `out of school children into the education network, and abating dropouts, his government has introduced so many incentives which include Free Textbooks, Stipends to Girls students, rehabilitation of damaged school buildings, provision of furniture to the schools, the opening of closed schools, Merit-based recruitment of teachers.

CM visits Turkish consulate

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah visited the Turkish Consulate in Karachi and expressed his grief over the loss of lives in earthquake with the Turkish Consul General, here on Tuesday. Sindh Minister for Local Government Syed Nasir Hussain Shah accompanied the chief minister. The chief minister said that the people of Pakistan, especially the people of Sindh were with their Turkish brothers and sisters in this hour of grief. Murad Ali Shah also inked his impressions in the visitors’ book.

Hanif Samoon is a senior journalist based at Thar/Badin and contributes reports from different districts of Sindh to Minute Mirror. He has won a number of awards, including the Agahi Award twice for his stories on health and child rights. He tweets @HanifSamoon1 and can be reached through email at