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Sightsavers Reports

Education for all: addressing marginalisation

December 2010

Recommendations for the 2010 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) review

Despite overall increases in school participation over the past decade, some children continue to be left behind. Most often left behind are children with disabilities.

UNESCO estimates that one-third of the 72 million children currently out of school are disabled and that 90 per cent of children with disabilities in developing countries do not go to school. World Bank research suggests disability has substantially more impact on participation in education than gender, rural residence or household economic status.

Making education more responsive to the needs of children with disabilities is now one of the most pressing concerns if we are to meet the education MDG.

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Sightsavers and disability rights
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.

November 2017
Boys sit in a classroom.
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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.

October 2017
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.

September 2017