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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 signs an MoU with SSEPD, Government of Odisha

27 July 2018

sabilities (PWDs) and inclusive eye health services for the economically weaker sections in 13 districts of Odisha.

Sightsavers signs an MoU with SSEPD, Government of Odisha

27 July 2018

Bhubaneswar, Odisha, July 25, 2018 – Department of Social Security & Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SSEPD), Government of Odisha signed the MoU with Sightsavers to promote socio-economic development of Persons with Di Continue reading

Sightsavers signs an MoU with OPEPA for Strengthening Inclusive Education Programme in Odisha

26 July 2018

Bhubaneswar, Odisha, July 25, 2018 – Odisha Primary Education Programme Authority (OPEPA) signed the MoU with Sightsavers for strengthening Inclusive Education for visually impaired students in Odisha. Continue reading

A two-day state level workshop on SDGs, UNCRPD and RPWD Act organised for Persons with Disabilities in Odisha

09 July 2018

Bhubaneswar, Odisha, July 6, 2018 – A two-day workshop was organised by Sightsavers and European Union on Odisha Rights of Persons with Disabilities Rule-2018 and its linkages with SDG & UNCRPD. Continue reading

Sightsavers India touches hearts of Bangalore with the play ‘A Walk in the Woods’

02 July 2018

Bangalore, July 2, 2018: Sightsavers India, brought the renowned play – ‘A Walk in the Woods’ directed by Ratna Pathak Shah for the Indian audiences in Bangalore on June 30th, 2018. The Indian adaptation of Continue reading

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