Inclusive education

Sightsavers India 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.

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Blindness creates a cycle of illiteracy, poverty and social exclusion for blind children, making them one of the most vulnerable groups in the world.

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 become a part of an everyday social environment, are no longer isolated and participate more actively in general community activities.

Sightsavers India 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.

What we’re doing

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:

  • 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

The programme is implemented in ten states: Assam, Maharashtra, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, with the district as a unit of intervention.

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Kiran’s story

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

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