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80% of what a child learns is processed through the visual system – from textbooks to visual cues, to teachers writing on a blackboard.
Vision is vital to educational attainment. It allows children to participate in sports and social activities, and it allows them to foster friendships, strengthen self-esteem and maintain overall well-being – as well as being essential to the development of their physical and mental health.
But for many children in the developing world, life without clear vision is the norm. Picture sitting in a classroom and struggling to see the blackboard, or the faces of the friends you interact with every day.
Imagine the impact on your learning and eventually your future beyond education. For many, doing well in school is the difference between escaping the cycle of poverty, and passing it on to the next generation.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Our school project provides thousands of children with free eye tests and glasses, so vision impairment no longer limits their potential or future.
2,342Schools participated in children screening project
1,130,106Schoolchildren where screened for sight loss
10,435Glasses distributed to participating children
When people get their sight back, it’s a miracle that changes their lives for the better.