Sightsavers India-OPEPA MoU for strengthening inclusive education programme in Odisha

The MoU is aimed at providing eye care to persons with disabilities (PwDs) and ensure socioeconomic development for them.

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New Delhi: Sightsavers India has signed a MoU with Odisha Primary Education Programme Authority (OPEPA) for strengthening inclusive education for visually impaired students in 12 districts of the eastern state.

Sightsavers India is a leading global development organisation that is working to prevent avoidable blindness, to promote socio-economic development of persons with disabilities.

The MoU, signed on April 25, is aimed at providing eye care to persons with disabilities (PwDs) and ensure socioeconomic development for them.

“As part of the MoU, Sightsavers will provide technical support to OPEPA in strengthening mainstream education of the visually impaired children studying in general schools across the State,” a release said.

The project aims to target around 25,000 visually impaired students and promote enabling environment at schools for 1.3 lakh students with disability who are currently enrolled in general schools of Odisha.

Sightsavers said it plans to demonstrate the application of ICT based education, low vision devices, daisy players, tablets, accessible education materials, disabled friendly Teaching Learning Materials (TLM) for better learning outcome of the targeted students.

Commenting on the initiative, RN Mohanty, CEO of Sightsavers India said: “Sightsavers has been working with different state governments on quality, accessibility and learning outcome aspects of inclusive education and this new initiative would contribute towards providing quality education for children with visual impairment and other disabilities in Odisha.”

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