Sightsavers Reports

Policy recommendations for inclusive education: advocacy pack

October 2017

Why urgent action is needed to include children with disabilities in education

Education for children with disabilities is not only a fundamental human right, but essential for poverty alleviation and human development. People with disabilities constitute an estimated one in five of the world’s poorest. Exclusion from education is a significant factor in the high levels of poverty often experienced by people with disabilities and their families. Denying children with disabilities access to a quality education greatly constrains their opportunities to gain independence and skills. The caring responsibilities associated with disability can also prevent siblings and other family members from engaging in work or attending school.

Yet, with access to education, children with disabilities have the chance to become active and engaged citizens who can shape their own futures and claim their rights in employment, politics and other spheres.


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Sightsavers and disability rights
Mafoune with her school friends.
Sightsavers Reports

Inclusive teaching and learning for children with visual impairments

This guide identifies ways in which children with visual impairments (children who are blind and children with low vision) can be included in mainstream schools in sub-Saharan Africa.

September 2018
Sightsavers staff and guests stand on stage and wave at the camera.

Super School of 5 trachoma programme expands to Nigeria

The project, which uses superhero characters to educate children about the spread of trachoma, will be introduced as part of efforts to fight the disease.

September 2018
Students from Gbendembu School in Sierra Leone.
Sightsavers from the field

“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