International education and livelihoods
What we said
- work with the Leonard Cheshire Global Alliance partners to support 25,000 disabled people in Africa and Asia become more independent, through education, youth leadership and employment
- raise our profile as a partner of choice in disability matters as the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals are implemented
- create a culture of learning from our work and research, so we can continue promoting inclusion across Africa and Asia
- over the next five years, we want to enrich the lives of more than 100,000 disabled people in Africa and Asia
What we did
We launched our international strategy to enrich the lives of over 100,000 disabled people in Africa and Asia over the next five years.
Since its launch, through local partnerships, we have supported more than 25,000 disabled people through our inclusive education and livelihoods work.
We are very proud of our results in education.
This year, we achieved significant impact in Kenya with the completion of our flagship project in girls education. Before the project, many disabled girls were confined to their homes because of the stigma attached to disability and a lack of equipment and transport.
As a result of the project, 2,180 disabled girls now attend primary school; we are seeing positive learning outcomes for literacy and numeracy, and attitudes of teachers and parents have changed.
Fathers, in particular, are playing a more active and supportive role in their daughters’ education.
In Kenya, we are working with education officials to revise policy and teaching practices to promote an inclusive approach, demonstrating practically how best to support a quality education for disabled girls.
This year, our livelihoods and employment programmes supported more than 9,000 disabled people on the path to regular employment and income in eight middle and low income countries in Africa and Asia.
We continued to develop the skills of disabled people, many of whom had missed the opportunity to complete their education.
We also worked with employers at global and national levels to change negative attitudes towards disability, to promote a more diverse workforce.
Over the past year, we have taken an active role in influencing the disability agenda at a global level, as the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are implemented by governments, donors and other organisations.
We participated in the global panel of the UN Girls Education Initiative; co-chaired the Global Campaign for Education policy groups, as well as the Bond Disability and Development Group.
We were a member of the board of the International Disability and Development Consortium. We deepened our partnerships with the World Bank, ILO and UNESCO, working with these partners to promote more effective approaches as part of global SDG efforts.
Our research centre hosted the secretariat of the Washington Group on Disability Statistics and continues to contribute to improving global data on disability which will influence future policies and approaches to ensure greater inclusion and independence for disabled people across the world.