Perkins School for the Blind Launches Initiative to Train One Million Teachers to Educate the World’s Most Vulnerable Children by 2030

Perkins School for the Blind at the United Nations today launched Perkins International Academy, an innovative teacher training program that seeks to equip one million educators by 2030 with the knowledge and skills to effectively teach children who are multiply disabled and visually impaired or deafblind. This initiative, announced during a panel at the United Nation’s 10th session of the Conference of States Parties (CoSP10) to the U.N.’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, supports the U.N’s Sustainable Development Goal 4 to fulfill the rights of the world’s most vulnerable children to a quality and inclusive education.

“Every United Nations member state has a moral and practical responsibility to improve educational opportunities for all children,” said Ambassador H.E. Juan José Gómez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations. “Children with vision impairment and additional disabilities have all the potential to learn and much to give to their communities. Because well-trained teachers are essential to preparing these children, Mexico has a long-standing commitment to invest in teacher training. Promoting and embracing global access to quality education for our most vulnerable children moves us all forward toward a more inclusive society.”

The need is urgent. Currently, six million children and young adults (ages 0-24) around the world with visual impairments and additional disabilities are in need of special education. In countries with scarce resources, educational programs for children with multiple disabilities are often insufficient or nonexistent. Excluded from the education system, these children are often left at home or in the care of orphanages and children’s…

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