A team of NUST Community Service Club visited Sir Syed School, Special Education Centre for Hearing Impaired Children on March 17. The school is located in Rawalpindi, and is the learning place for hundreds of students, both male and females, providing quality education with the aim to make its students self-reliant and good citizens. The team of NCSC brought gift geometry boxes and stationary items for more than 200 students. Students in the School are taught from class nursery to B.A, and unlike the conventional institutions, provides parent sessions to bridge the gap between the children and their parents and help them understand each other.
The team members took a round of the school and were given a demonstration on how the students are trained in speech therapy. The experience of meeting with the deaf community, a first time for most volunteers, was an eye-opening experience and brought up mixed emotions. Being unable to communicate with the deaf community without adequate knowledge of sign language made the volunteers feel helpless. With the help of an interpreter, they were able to discuss and share the issues faced by the persons with disabilities and understand their requirements. The school is also planning to conduct mobile and hardware repairing classes in order to fulfill its aim to make its students self-reliant. NCSC plans to work with the school to provide student workforce both for technical assistance and other volunteer activities in future.