Education

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Our goal is to improve the lives of children with disabilities and break the cycles of poverty by ensuring accessible learning and education is available for all children.

 

Our approach

Active participation in quality education is a key driver to escaping poverty, but children with disabilities may struggle to attend school. This may be for a number of reasons, such as a lack of appropriate transportation, ongoing negative attitudes and discrimination, and a learning environment that is not able to support the specific needs of children with disabilities.

We’re aiming to tackle these key issues to ensure children can participate in school in a number of ways, including: promoting a disability-inclusive learning environment, providing access to assistive technology and inclusive assessment tools, and training teachers in inclusive teaching methods to accommodate the needs of all children.

How we are working

We are taking a whole-system approach to our education work, which involves assessing:

  • current quality and access to education for children with disabilities
  • current social attitudes and practices
  • teaching and learning realities
  • existing education policies and strategies
  • effectiveness of education systems.

Our various education projects focus on:

  • tackling stigma and discrimination
  • training teachers and parents to support children
  • providing support on how to make systems, schools and classrooms inclusive
  • supporting children with multiple and complex disabilities
  • supporting children with disabilities as they transition along the education path from pre- to primary to secondary and tertiary education.
  • providing a specific focus on inclusive education for early childhood
  • incorporating innovatory audio/visual/touch learning methods for children with disabilities.

Where we are working

  • Kenya: identifying affordable and appropriate inclusive early children education practice and disability-inclusive assessment tools.
  • Tanzania: improving learning outcomes in pre-primary and primary inclusive education.
  • Nigeria: assessing education quality for primary children with disabilities.
  • Nepal: developing an inclusive education model for children with multiple and complex disabilities in mainstream schools.
  • Bangladesh: supporting children with disabilities in mainstream education and training.

Our work on COVID-19

Find out about our work in Nigeria and how we are adapting it during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 in Nigeria

Spotlight

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Our people

Marie Schoeman has a technical adviser role within the Inclusive Futures education programmes.

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Our people

Zahir Siddique is working to improve access to education in Bangladesh for children with disabilities.