Mohammad Azam Khan Special Education Center for Hearing Impaired Children at Charsadda
Anjuman Nawjawanan Charsadda after having close interaction and working experience with the community realized the fact that a large number of people are suffering from various disabilities. In order to find out the actual figure, Anujuman Nawjawanan Charsadda carried out a comprehensive survey of the district Charsadda. The survey revealed that in district Charsadda about 4500 persons are deaf, out of which approximately 2000 persons are under the age of 12 years. A government school for blind and physically disabled children exists in the district, but there is no such facility for the deaf children in district Charsadda either on the government side or private sector.
Anjuman Nawjawanan Charsadda realized the need for establishing a center for the welfare and development of the deaf children in the district. In this context, this organization took the initiatives to establish a special education center for deaf children in the name of Muhammad Azam Khan Special Education Centre for deaf children and a proposal was floated to TVO Pakistan, which was accepted by TVO after preliminary measures, study and orientation tours arranged to various deaf schools in Pakistan, for the period of three years (from 15th August 1999 to 14th August 2002). Now after the expiry of TVO funded project period, the center is supported by Infaq Foundation, Social Welfare Department, Zakat Department and other philanthropists of the country. The center is working under the supervision of the Board of Directors.
An advisory committee has also been organized for better suggestions to be implemented in the project. A parents teachers association (PTA) has also been organized for better implementation of the Project.
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT.
- To provide the facility of special education to special (deaf) children at the district level.
- To enable the special children to be self-supportive, self-dependent through their skill development.
- To enhance the capability of special children to play their role as effective citizens.
- To assist the poor families in the education of their special children.
- To facilitate the Hearing-impaired (Deaf) children to communicate with the community through the total communication system.