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Blindness creates a cycle of illiteracy, poverty and social exclusion for India’s 2+ million blind children, making them one of the most vulnerable groups in the world. Only 5% of them receive any kind of education.

Learning and blindness

Sightsavers supports inclusive education to ensure that children who are blind or visually impaired are included in mainstream education. This is crucial to lifting people out of poverty. When children with disabilities participate in mainstream education on an equal basis with other children, they learn from an early age that they are equal and valued members of society. They remain in a normal social environment, are no longer isolated and participate more actively in general community activities throughout their lives.

Tools and technology

Today people who are blind can function as effectively as their sighted colleagues in diverse professions and vocations. We support children and adults who are visually impaired or blind with the right technology, physical aids (i.e. educational materials in Braille; white canes, etc.) and tools such as low vision devices that give them greater independence and allow them to perform tasks they may have previously found difficult or impossible to accomplish.

Working with teachers

For inclusive education in India to succeed, teachers are the key. We support the training of specialist teachers to:

  • Aid the inclusion process in the classroom by helping enroll more and more visually impaired and blind children to school
  • Visit schools in their local area and teach visually impaired and blind children skills such as Braille
  • Prepare visually impaired and blind students for the classroom
  • Provide one-on-one help to children in the classroom, such as by using Braille machines so that they can be more involved in the classroom

Global Campaign for Education

Sightsavers is a member of the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) and works with local partners to strengthen the voice of civil society towards the development of national education in India, and make sure that all States act to deliver the right of everyone to a free and quality public education.

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Kabir Bedi named brand ambassador for Sightsavers

27 February 2017

and director, Kabir Bedi as its brand ambassador at an event held today.

Kabir Bedi named brand ambassador for Sightsavers

27 February 2017

Sightsavers, a leading global development organization working in over 30 countries to combat avoidable blindness and promote equal opportunities for visually impaired announced its association with internationally acclaimed actor Continue reading

Sightsavers Netra Vasant – Rural Eye Health Project Makes Inroads in Hazaribag, Jharkhand

16 January 2017

A mega eye assessment camp at Amrit Nagar, Hazaribag marked the onset of Sightsavers’ Netra Vasant - Rural Eye Health Project in the region. The camp organized by Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra (NBJK) and LNJP Eye Hospital, Chouparan Continue reading

Sightsavers chats up with RJ Chris of Radio One on World Disability Day

16 December 2016

Jatin Tiwari, Senior Manager, Corporate Partnerships and Events, Sightsavers got chatting with RJ Chris of Radio One... Continue reading

Sightsavers set to promote crucial role of data at world-first forum

13 January 2017

Properly understood, reliable data is central to delivering equitable development. This is core to the way Sightsavers tries to carry out its mission to eliminate avoidable blindness and support people with disabilities to be full Continue reading

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