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Vincent looks at the blackboard. His teacher points with a stick at a word he seems to be reading.
Vincent is deaf and goes to an inclusive school in Burkina Faso © Gregor Kuntscher

One Class for All – Changing systems – Changing children’s lives

Let’s build a future, where every child can go to school

Ein Kind mit Behinderung sitzt lachend neben seinen Klassenkameradinnen. Sie tragen alle einen rosa Pulli. Die Lehrerin beugt sich über das Kind und hält seine Hand, während es in dem Heft vor ihm zu schreiben versucht.
Abdi Tesfaye © Ulrich Eigner

One Class For All is an inclusive education programme in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Mozambique and South Sudan. Inclusive education transforms education systems to increase access, acceptance, participation and learning achievement among all children, regardless of their disabilities, by removing barriers and enhancing the capacity of the education system to accommodate diversity.

A lasting impact on the lives of children with disabilities

32 million children with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries are out of school. They are being denied their right to receive quality education and deprived of their dreams of a better and sustainable future. One Class For All is working on several levels in order to guarantee those children their right to schooling. 

In 2023 we supported many children with disabilities:

  • 8.307 children with disabilities have access to quality education
  • 1.472 teachers trained in inclusive education
  • 7.295 children with disabilities reached through rehabilitation programmes

How Wendabos life changed forever

Ein Mädchen mit dicken Zöpfen und einem grünen Kleid mit Kragen schiebt einen Rollstuhl. Sie blickt direkt und ernst in die Kamera. Im Rollstuhl sitzt ein junges Mädchen mit Behinderung. Ihre Arme und Beine sind nicht voll entwickelt. Sie trägt ein gelbes Shirt und goldene Ohrringe. Sie blickt ernst und direkt in die Kamera.

10-year-old Wendabo was born without arms or legs in a small rural village in Burkina Faso. One Class For All provided physio and a wheelchair, and also helped with teacher training, enabling her to visit an inclusive school. Today, Wendabo is a lively schoolgirl, popular and outgoing with a big dream: She wants to be a teacher when she’s older. 

How One Class for All triggers system change

Lasting systemic change for an inclusive society requires working on all levels:

  • LOCALLY with partners who directly work with children and their families, rehabilitation and health facilities, community based rehabilitation workers, schools, teachers and communities
  • NATIONALLY with ministries, regional bureaus and other stakeholders to establish legal frameworks and facilitate learning and exchange
  • INTERNATIONALLY through partnerships and alliances advocating disability inclusive education financing and monitoring commitments

Support change with your investment

One Class For All is a growing and evolving education programme in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Mozambique and South Sudan.

Be part of a group of philanthropists who trigger the lasting systemic change needed in education systems to unleash the potential of the 2.5 million children with disabilities between six and eighteen years in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Mozambique and South Sudan, who have been excluded from quality inclusive education.

Investing in inclusive education

  • helps children to attend school
  • reduces poverty
  • benefits individual and national economies
  • improves stability, peace and security
  • contributes to healthier populations