Educating for inclusion in Bangladesh

The Inclusive project successfully promoted social and employment inclusion for people with disabilities.

Nearly 350 people benefited from vocational training or work placements, with 72% able to start earning afterwards. In other key outcomes, 27 local disability groups which took part are now represented on local decision-making committees, some councils are spending more on disability issues, and guidelines on inclusive strategies were developed.

Implemented by: Sightsavers, Bangladesh Visually Impaired People’s Society and Assistance for Blind Children.

Children attend school in Bangladesh.

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