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.
Sightsavers aims to promote a positive and enabling environment in schools, families as well as communities to support the holistic education of children with visual impairment. Enablement is facilitated by availability of assistive devices and accessible educational material, provision of compensatory skills training, infrastructure accessibility and building education management and leadership among others.
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; Tabs, 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:
The programme is currently implemented in five states namely, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Rajasthan with district as unit of intervention.
Kiran was enrolled in her local school, but didn’t attend because of her visual impairment. Now, her parents and teachers have received counselling to make sure she is able to attend school and learn with other children.Read her story