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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 (SDG 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 their right to 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.
Aminata
Aminata Gueye is standing with three other children. One of her friends is holding her hand.

The right to education: how we're supporting children to learn

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

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

Mafoune’s story

An inclusive education project in Mali has been life-changing for 11-year-old Mafoune, and has had a huge impact on her whole family.
Read her story

View all our education reports, guides and videos

Education resources

More about education

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Sightsavers blog

“Grace gave me the courage to empower people with disabilities”

On International Women's Day, disability ambassador Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame remembers Grace Preko, her friend, sister and role model who showed her there was life after blindness.

Two young girls sitting together and smiling.
Sightsavers Reports

Seynabou’s story

One day Seynabou heard a visiting teacher talk about an inclusive school for children with disabilities, and she jumped at the chance to go.

A woman in a pink headscarf smiling at the camera.
Sightsavers Reports

Khady’s story

“I met so many children with disabilities who were not going to school and there was no institution to welcome them. So I started fighting for that aim.”

We campaign for a fairer world

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