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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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Students from Gbendembu School in Sierra Leone.
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“We’ve learned to treat all children equally”

Sightsavers' Kate McCoy travelled to northern Sierra Leone to visit a school where teachers are being specially trained to support children with disabilities.

June 2018
The Sightsavers team on stage at the HCL ceremony.
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Sightsavers India wins prestigious award for its inclusive education programme

More than 3,300 NGOs applied for the HCL Grant, which supports organisations that help to transform rural India through sustainable development.

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Mafoune and her teacher smiling and embracing in front of a classroom blackboard.
Sightsavers Reports

Mafoune’s story

Eleven-year-old Mafoune has low vision. She 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