Access to a good quality education helps people escape from poverty and provides the basis for long term economic development. Like health, it is a basic human right, to which everyone is entitled.
In 2010, there were 61 million children of primary school age out of school: of these, it is estimated that about one third live with a disability*. Girls are more likely to be out of school than boys, so girls with disabilities face double discrimination.
There is a strong link between disability and marginalisation in education. Despite significant increases in school participation over the last decade and efforts to reduce gender disparities, the concerning fact is that children with disabilities continue to be left behind. When children with disabilities are excluded from education, their future economic prospects are severely restricted, contributing to a cycle of intergenerational poverty as they establish their own households**.
*UNESCO (2010) Education for All Global Monitoring Report: Reaching the Marginalised [in]: Sightsavers (2012) Disability in the post-2015 framework. Lorraine Wapling, November 2012.
**Disability in the post-2015 framework. Lorraine Wapling, November 2012.
Our research priorities are guided by Sightsavers’ education strategy and include projects focusing on early childhood interventions and effective systems that support educational attainment, achievement and social inclusion of children with visual impairments.
We support studies that:
We support research into different models of education for children with disabilities to examine what works, what doesn’t and why. We evaluate not only education achievement but also transition, quality of life and the experiences of the children and teachers. Our studies use mixed-method designs, combining qualitative and quantitative approaches.