Founder/Executive Director, Family Educational Services Foundation
Richard Geary is the founder and Executive Director of Family Educational Services Foundation (FESF), a non-profit educational foundation operating in Pakistan since 1984. Pakistan has a paucity of educational opportunities available for deaf children, with less than 5% out of over 1 million deaf children attending school countrywide. Under his leadership, FESF has developed the Deaf Reach Programme (http://www.deafreach.com) unique in its holistic approach in providing KG-college academic education and marketable skills training for deaf children. There are six Deaf Reach schools and colleges across Pakistan. Richard’s team has led the way in developing innovative and ground-breaking digital learning resources in Pakistan Sign Language (PSL) which are being used countrywide to improve the quality of deaf education, resulting in FESF being chosen as winner of the global 2018 WISE Award for Education, and the 2018 PASHA Award (http://www.psl.org.pk). Richard has worked in the field of Social Development for the past 45 years, and served as a consultant to the Pakistan government in matters pertaining to assistive services for special needs children. FESF has been honoured with the prestigious appointment of Special Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.