- 285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide: 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision.
- About 90% of the world's visually impaired live in low-income settings.
- Less than 10% of visually impaired children are receiving education,
- The girl child with visual impairment receives less attention and is doubly discriminated against,
- Almost none of the growing number of visually impaired children with additional disabilities receives any educational services.
ICEVI which was formerly known as ICEVH, is a professional non-governmental organization that welcomes any group or person who wishes to support its aims. It was formed in 1952 and has met as an international group once in every five years. Since 2002, the general body of ICEVI meets once in four years.
ICEVI has consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council. ICEVI is a founding member of the UNICEF NGO Committee on Children with Disabilities and we also work closely with UNESCO, The World Bank and the World Health Organization.
The International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) is a global association of individuals and organisations that promotes equal access to appropriate education for all visually impaired children and youth so that they may achieve their full potential.
- We believe that all children and youth with visual impairment have basic human rights.
- They are entitled to a full range of educational services and to be included in the educational programmes of their communities.
- They should receive pre-school support.
- Their teachers and other professionals supporting them should be properly trained.
- Their parents and other family members should be encouraged to support their education.
- Appropriate educational materials and methods should be available to meet each child's needs.
- Educational programmes should be of a high standard and conform to best practices.
- The children should be able to live in an environment free of barriers, social stigmas, and stereotypes, and to lead a productive life according to their aspirations and capabilities.
To ensure access and full participation in education for all children with visual impairment and youth by 2030. To make this a reality, ICEVI is
To make this a reality, ICEVI is
- CHANGING PUBLIC ATTITUDES
- ENCOURAGING COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION
- FACILITATING NGOs SUPPORT
To promote and assist in building of local capacity to develop curriculum, to provide training and to identify and provide equipment and materials to children and youth with visual impairments and their parents, teachers and others in their communities. ICEVI is initiating programmes at all levels to STRENGTHEN LOCAL CAPACITY BY
- FACILITATING TRAINING FOR PROFESSIONALS
- FACILITATING ACCESS TO EQUIPMENT
- DEVELOPING DISTANCE EDUCATION COURSES
To ensure that ICEVI initiatives are based upon current evidence of best practice, ICEVI is
- FACILITATING INNOVATIONS
- FORMULATING (and disseminating information on) BEST PRACTICES
- PROMOTING RESEARCH
To build an appropriate and sustainable organizational structure for ICEVI, to include the required financial base.