We support all children with disabilities. We don’t just focus on children with visual impairments – we also include children who have difficulty moving, hearing, understanding and communicating.
We work with schools to promote quality education. We make sure children with disabilities have the support they need, such as specialist equipment, reading materials and tuition. We also promote orientation and mobility training to enable children to move around easily and safely, and we ensure children with disabilities are always respected and valued by other children.
We aim to help improve the entire education system. By working not just with schools, but whole education systems, we can ensure governments provide schools with the necessary support.
We help governments to develop inclusive policies. By strengthening national policy frameworks, we can ensure children receive the support they need. In Sierra Leone, the Ministry of Education asked us to help develop a new national inclusive policy, which we achieved via a widespread consultation process that included the national disabled people’s organisation.
Sightsavers’ inclusive education pilot project in Senegal has demonstrated that children with and without disabilities can learn together in mainstream schools.Our project in Senegal
A Sightsavers project in Mali is ensuring children with disabilities are able to learn with their peers.
Mbathio's inclusive school in Dakar is challenging perceptions within the local community that blind children are unable to learn.