South Africa: Visually Impaired Community Faces Education Crisis and Abuse By Law Enforcement


Blind and visually impaired learners face a constant battle to get access to equal and quality education - especially during the pandemic - while blind and visually impaired women face many issues on a daily basis.

On 5 August, Blind SA held an urgent discussion with civil society groups and interested parties on the education crisis for blind and visually impaired learners during the Covid-19 pandemic. Also, to commemorate Women's Month, civil society has shed light on issues that visually impaired women face.

Nearly 50 people attended the virtual dialogue, including representatives from the Free State Department of Education and the national Department of Basic Education.

Speakers included Jace Nair (CEO, Blind SA), Dr Siva Moodley (teacher and retired director of Unisa student affairs), Robyn Beere (deputy director, Equal Education Law Centre), Christo de Klerk (chairperson, Blind SA), Irene Mashele (secretary, House of Hope), and Jack Devnarain (actor and chairperson of the South African Guild of Actors.

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