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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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DPO Members supported by Sightsavers India take part in ‘European Disability and Development Week’ in Brussels

26 December 2018

velopment week in Brussels. The event was organised by European Disability Forum (EDF).

DPO Members supported by Sightsavers India take part in ‘European Disability and Development Week’ in Brussels

26 December 2018

3rd December to 7th December, 2018: Delegates from Sightsavers India and representatives of Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) supported by the aforementioned international NGO were invited for the European Disability and De Continue reading

Sightsavers Honorary Brand Ambassador Kabir Bedi encourages truck drivers to get their eyes tested

12 December 2018

Mumbai, 12th December 18: Kabir Bedi, the Brand Ambassador of Sightsavers India visited the eye screening camp under RAAHI – National Truckers’ Eye Health Programme in Bhiwandi on the successful completion of Continue reading

Sightsavers celebrates World Sight Day in India

23 October 2018

World Sight day is celebrated globally to draw attention to blindness and visual impairment across the world. It is observed on the second Thursday of October every year. The theme of World Sight Day for 2018 was ‘Eye Care Every Continue reading

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