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.
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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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.
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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.
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.