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Education

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: 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 an 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.
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Aminata Gueye is standing with three other children. One of her friends is holding her hand.

How we’re supporting children to go to school

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.
Read his story

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.
Read her story

A teenage boy who uses a wheelchair sitting in a classroom full of children.

Flash’s story

Flash, a 13-year-old from Kenya, contracted polio and lost the use of his legs. But a Sightsavers programme helped him return to school.
Read his story

Resources

Strategy

Education strategy (2013-2018)

This document outlines Sightsavers’ strategic directions in education for 2013-2018. It places our work in the field of 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]

 

Handbook

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]

Posters

Assisting children who are visually impaired

View poster, English version [pdf]

View poster, French version [pdf]

More about education

Sarah, Sightsavers employee, sitting on a boat with 12 other people. The boat is travelling along the sea.
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.

A young boy reading braille in a classroom.
Sightsavers Reports

Mouhamed’s story

Mouhamed, who is visually impaired, used to sit at home all day. But thanks to an inclusive education programme, he is now able to go to school.

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Campaigners aim to keep disability inclusion in the spotlight

Supporters of Sightsavers’ Put Us in the Picture campaign will work to ensure disability-inclusive development remains on the political radar.

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