The United Nations (UN) has recognized Perkins Project PIXAN in Mexico as part of their Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Good Practices Initiative. The UN defines this Initiative as innovative steps taken by governments, UN entities, international and regional organizations, and stakeholders towards the implementation of the SDGs.
Perkins School for the Blind, through Perkins International, has worked in 93 countries with families, teachers, schools, doctors, hospitals, community leaders, universities, and governments to make education accessible to all children — wherever they are and whatever their ability.
Perkins’ Project PIXAN is presented in the SDG Good Practices platform as an initiative that improves education access and quality for children with visual impairment and multiple disabilities in Mexico, driving progress toward Education for All (SDG4). It is also acknowledged that it integrates long lasting partnerships with governments, universities, civil organizations, and families in the spirit of SDG17.
Half of all children with multiple disabilities in Mexico are not in school. The SDG Good Practices platform reports that in partnership with state Secretaries of Education, civil society, educators and parents, Project PIXAN is increasing access to quality education for 250 children in three special public schools. As shared on the website, this project will improve 31 schools, reaching 2,500 children by 2030. Enhanced schools will become models for their state and region, creating a ripple effect reaching children with multiple disabilities across Mexico. As quality improves, enrollment will increase and children who today are not in school will be learning by 2030.
The SDG Good Practices platform also presents some of the results Project PIXAN has achieved to date. During the first two years of the project, 250 children with disabilities increased learning outcomes in three public schools. In addition, it is reported that Project PIXAN program evaluation shows schools improving practices by 27.6% from baseline, and that educators are implementing new approaches.
Additional information about the UN recognition of Project PIXAN can be found here.
More information about the focus areas of Project PIXAN and Perkins’ work in Mexico is here.
Source and citation:
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, “Project Pixan: Increasing Access to Quality Education in Public Schools in Mexico for Children with Multiple Disabilities” SDGS.UN.org/Partnerships/Project-Pixan-Increasing-Access-Quality-Education-Public-Schools-Mexico-Children