Education for all

Sikeh wearing glasses at school

Our impact last year

  • 22k children with disabilities helped to go to school
  • 14k teachers were trained in special needs techniques
  • 4.6k parents/carers trained to support children’s education at home

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

Helping girls with disabilities into education in Zimbabwe

An estimated 1 in 5 secondary school-age girls in Zimbabwe are not at school – and girls with disabilities are among…

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Transforming lives

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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A girl with visual impairment learns how to use Braille resources in school in Zimbabwe ©CBM/Diemer
4th Jan 2022

World Braille Day – training community educators to include girls with visual impairment

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A young boy in Uganda with a cast on his leg, sat wearing a Santa hat and hanging decorations on a Christmas tree.
25th Dec 2021

12 Days of Christmas: highlights of 2021

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