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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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Sightsavers bags the prestigious HCL Grant 2018 for Education from Home Minister Sri Rajnath Singh, contesting more than 3,000 NGOs in India

14 March 2018

R, Sightsavers received the HCL award of 5 Crore INR for the extensive work on Inclusive Education in Rajasthan, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh.

Sightsavers bags the prestigious HCL Grant 2018 for Education from Home Minister Sri Rajnath Singh, contesting more than 3,000 NGOs in India

14 March 2018

Sightsavers has been running its Inclusive Education Programme in five states of India to mainstream visually impaired and blind children into the existing education system. At a power packed ceremony at the HCL campus in Delhi-NC Continue reading

Baxter India and Sightsavers Launch Vision Centre to Improve Eye Health Services for Delhi NCR Slum Dwellers

19 January 2018

Baxter India, a leader in health care and Sightsavers, a global development organisation that has been working in India since 1966 to eliminate avoidable blindness opened their first vision centre in Delhi at Tahirpur village, New Continue reading

Sightsavers campaigner Anuradha speaks at development conference

Sightsavers campaigner Anuradha speaks at development conference

28 March 2017

Disability advocate Anuradha Pareek, who featured in Sightsavers’ 2015 Framing Perceptions photo exhibition, is appearing as a key speaker this week at a conference on sustainable development in Bangkok, Thailand. Continue reading

Meet Janki Winning a Bronze at Blind Judo

Meet Janki, Who Did India Proud By Winning a Bronze at Blind Judo Championship in Tashkent

01 June 2017

Janki Goud, a resident of Kurre, Pipariya in Jabalpur District, Madhya Pradesh could have never imagined giving flight to her dreams and stepping out of her village, let alone the country... Continue reading

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