Education And Employment Of The Blind In Zimbabwe, 1981-1987
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The National Disability Survey of Zimbabwe which was conducted by the Department of Social Welfare in conjunction with UNICEF from 19th October to 23rd December, 1981 revealed inter alia that: (a) Zimbabwe has a total of 276 300 people with severe disabilities of various types; (Government Printer, 1982, p.30) (b) Of those disabled people of or above school-going age,, 52% had never attended school; 17% had been to school for less than two years; 28% had been to school for up to seven years and only a minute fraction of 1% had progressed to or beyond secondary school; (Government Printer 1982 p. 32) (c) the highest single type of disability encountered was that of eye sight with a minimum of 70 000 visually-impaired people of whom 22 700 are totally blind (Government Printer, 1982, p. 30.) and 10 000 are of school-going age (Government Printer, 1982, p. 42).