Sightsavers works with local and national partners in our programme countries to promote inclusive, quality education, giving all children the chance to go to school.

Learn how Sightsavers supports Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4): quality education.

Disability more than doubles a child’s chances of being out of school.

Despite significant increases in school participation over the past decade and efforts to reduce gender disparities, children with disabilities continue to be left behind, with girls more likely to miss out on education than boys.

And when children are denied their right to education, they become locked into a cycle of poverty and dependence.

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Inclusive education
in Senegal

Sightsavers’ inclusive education pilot project in Senegal has demonstrated that children with and without disabilities can learn together in mainstream schools. The project was funded by Irish Aid.

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I want to keep going to school – I want to be a teacher.
Aminata Gueye is standing with three other children. One of her friends is holding her hand.

The right to education: how we're supporting children to learn

Henry attends an inclusive school.

Henry’s story

An inclusive school programme for blind children in Sierra Leone has boosted Henry’s confidence: his ambition is to become a politician.
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A teenage girl working with a braille kit in the classroom.

Mbathio’s story

Mbathio's inclusive school in Dakar is challenging perceptions within the local community that blind children are unable to learn.
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Mafoune and her teacher smiling and embracing in front of a classroom blackboard.

Mafoune’s story

An inclusive education project in Mali has been life-changing for 11-year-old Mafoune, and has had a huge impact on her whole family.
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Education strategy (2013-2018)

This document outlines Sightsavers’ strategic directions in education for 2013-2018. It places our work in the field of global education in its various contexts, identifies the goal of our work, and identifies the approaches and fields of activity that will enable us to achieve this goal.

View the strategy [pdf]

View the strategy, French version [pdf]

View the education strategy summary [pdf]



The Inclusion Champions’ Handbook

Inclusion champions are experienced and qualified teachers who have been specially selected to participate in a three-year project to promote inclusion in schools in the Bombali District, Sierra Leone.

View the Inclusion Champions’ Handbook [pdf]


Assisting children who are visually impaired

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More about education

Mafoune and her teacher smiling and embracing in front of a classroom blackboard.
Sightsavers Reports

Mafoune’s story

Mafoune is happy and confident, but she wasn’t always like this. An inclusive education project for children with disabilities has made all the difference.

Boys sit in a classroom.

Mali government and USAID praise Sightsavers’ inclusive education programme

More than 250 children with visual impairments will go to primary school in Mali as the result of a Sightsavers pilot being run in six schools.

Sightsavers employee Sarah sitting on a boat with 12 other people.
Sightsavers from the field

Restoring sight on a remote island

Sightsavers’ Sarah Filbey visits a training session for primary school teachers in Zanzibar, as they learn how to support students with visual impairments.

We campaign for a fairer world

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