Education for all

Sikeh at school

Our impact last year

  • 79k children with disabilities accessed education
  • 19k teachers were trained in special needs techniques

9 out of 10 children with disabilities in Africa do not go to school. Children with disabilities are more likely to miss out on education than any other group making up a third of all children who are not at school.

Without education, children are much less likely to be able to fulfil their potential and are more likely to live in poverty as an adult.

Why are children with disabilities not at school?

There are many reasons why children living with disabilities in poverty miss out on an education:

  • Wheelchair users or those with mobility restrictions may not be able to get to school, or access the buildings;
  • Teachers may not have the tools or training they need;
  • In some communities, people believe that disabled children cannot or should not be educated, because of stigma and prejudice;
  • Families with disabled children are often very poor so struggle to afford the school fees required in many developing countries.

How we help

CBM works in some of the poorest communities of the world to help children with disabilities access good quality education by:

  • Training teachers to meet the needs of disabled students;
  • Equipping schools with the right resources;
  • Providing support at school to children with disabilities;
  • Helping parents into employment so they can afford to keep their children at school;
  • Working to change attitudes, showing that people with disabilities can participate in all aspects of life, including going to school.

In action


Supporting children with HIV and disabilities

Over 180,000 children in Zimbabwe live with HIV. While survival rates are improving, many develop disabilities…

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Supporting families and schools to keep children in education

In India, only 1% of children with disabilities have access to school. Our ground-breaking programme in Chamrajnagar…

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Transforming lives

Sits at the BPA rehabilitation centre where she receives treatment for visual impairment and fits caused by a severe contusion that she was born with.


“She smiled and clapped when she got the questions right and it was a great breakthrough. Now she is learning how to make juice and soon she will learn more difficult things.”

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Shilpa being pushed in her wheelchair into the inclusive school.


“When Shilpa first started coming she would sit alone and wouldn’t mingle with the other children. I would get her to sit with other kids…

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Abigail from Zambia sits at a desk in her classroom in a wheelchair
19th Oct 2016

New report calls for more investment in education for children with disabilities

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Rassi is 18 and has a physical impairment as a result of Malaria. She has received physiotherapy, vocational training as a sewer and equipment to start her business in her home village. She is now a successful businesswoman - and is also starting teaching others to become sewers.
2nd Sep 2016

Let's take a bigger leap for women with disabilities and economic empowerment

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