Education of children with visual impairments in sub-Saharan Africa: challenges and opportunities

The Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report is an editorially independent, authoritative and evidence-based annual report, produced by the GEM Report team at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris. The Report monitors progress towards education targets in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations member states in September 2015. Its mandate is drawn from the World Education Forum and the Education 2030 Framework for Action, which requested it to be the mechanism for monitoring and reporting on:

  • SDG 4 (the global education goal) and education in the other SDGs
  • The implementation of national and international strategies to help hold all partners to account for their commitments, as part of SDG follow-up and review mechanisms

UNESCO is now in the process of preparing its 2020 Global Education Monitoring Report that will focus on inclusion. UNESCO has asked Sightsavers to produce a report on educational realities for children with visual impairments in sub-Saharan Africa. It was suggested the report provides relevant statistics, broader analyses of education systems, and illustrative case-studies in order to generate useful learning for policy makers and implementers around the world.

Publication date: January 2020

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