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.
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.Learn more
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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Mbathio's inclusive school in Dakar is challenging perceptions within the local community that blind children are unable to learn.
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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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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.
This guide identifies ways in which children with visual impairments (children who are blind and children with low vision) can be included in mainstream schools in sub-Saharan Africa.
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.
Information about albinism and how to support children in the school setting or at home.