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Educating Children with Disabilities

child feeling brailReach Forward: Making Educational Research Count for Children with Disabilities in Malawi, Kenya and Uganda

The Reach Forward Project aims to address the exclusion of children with disabilities in Africa from quality education. It will do so by establishing a wide network of partners from a variety of sectors including UK and African universities, non-governmental organisations, educational managers and coordinators, practitioners and government staff in Kenya, Malawi and Uganda.

The project will draw on existing primary research to address a number of issues around the current educational support available for children with visual impairment and those with other disabilities, focusing on Malawi, Uganda and Kenya. The ultimate goal is to strengthen the capacity of partners in the South allowing them to set their own research agendas and inform the development of effective education systems.

Research team: 

Principal Investigator: Dr Paul Lynch, University of Birmingham 

Co-Investigator: Dr Nidhi Singal, University of Cambridge 

Dr Graeme Douglas, University of Birmingham

Emma Jolley, Sightsavers, UK

Elena Schmidt , Sightsavers, UK

Country partners:

Kenya Institute of Special Education, Kenya

Montfort Special Needs Education College, Malawi

Kyambogo University, Uganda


ESRC and Sightsavers


September 2013- September 2015

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