- Sightsavers is one of the 28 organisations to get recognition and approval of SCERT in Chhattisgarh to implement the Inclusive Education Programme.
- A virtual master trainer training programme was organised by Sightsavers in association with Jharkhand Education Project Council where 230 people including SPO of JEPC, District IE coordinator and School teachers participated.
- As a result of the advocacy by Sightsavers, around 548 children with visual impairment (CVIs) from class 1 to 8th were facilitated to get registered by the district education department in the E-library (Sugamya Pustakalaya).
- Sightsavers provided 382 devices to children with disabilities in Katni. Children with visual impairment receiving the assistive devices were provided training to use by the project team.
- In Katni , around 46 visually impaired children from the government school were provided with Braille books by the government. These children are supported by Sightsavers.
- Opening the Bottle necks: A total of 431 children with visual impairment were provided with Spectacles ,147 CVIs with low vision devices and 150 Children were identified for eye surgery in Ganjam, Cuttack and Puri Districts. A total of 147 children along with Block Resource Teachers, Parents and Govt officials were trained by Sightsavers on the use of the assistive device to support the children with visual impairment in classroom transaction processes and home-based learning.
- Scaling up & leveraging for the Low vison Programme: Odisha Education Department decided to improve the effectiveness of clinical assessment of Low Vision students in all districts. Malkanagiri, Jharsuguda, Boudh, Bhadrak have been selected as scale up districts. The complete investment in this assessment will be borne by the state government. Sightsavers’ technical team advocated for the provision of low vision & ICT device for children with visual impairment from Government Fund, which is also recommended by SPD, OSEPA for provisioning of devices from District Inclusive Education Budget.
- UDYAM Inclusive Education Module
Odisha Education programme Authority has finally decided to scale the Classroom Transaction Module developed by Sightsavers to all its 50,000 primary schools in the state towards improvement of quality learning outcome in Inclusive Education programme. Govt has allocated INR 2 crore for this module dissemination and this will be published under the State PIP budget & World Bank supported Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States Program (STARS) project. Other competitors were LLF, Akshara, IBM, Lend-A-Hand India, Indus Action, UNICEF and Kaibalya Foundation. Sightsavers Odisha Team had made a presentation of their work on the module on 22nd Sept. in the meeting called by the Education Dept. As a next action, Sightsavers is planning to develop the 2nd phase of the module for 6th to 8th standards and the digital version of the same.
- Successful advocacy by Sightsavers with the SMSA Udaipur has resulted in SMSA issuing a letter to all the schools to bear the cost of repairing of the mobiles and laptop given to children with visual impairment by Sightsavers from the SMC funds. This is a remarkable success for sustainability ensuring continuity of the education of the CVIs.
- A Refresher Training was provided by Sightsavers to 65 Children with Visual Impairment on the use of ICT devices.
- Provision of ICT devices by Sightsavers– 25 childen with visual impairment (CVIs) were provided with mobile, 70 CVIs were provided with Braille kits, 45 CVIs were provided with Low Vision devices and 40 CVIs were given other devices (sound Ball, talking watch).