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EFA-VI Global Campaign – Current Status


The Education for All Children with Visual Impairment (EFA-VI) is a global campaign and program of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI), acting in partnership with the World Blind Union (WBU), to ensure that all girls and boys with blindness and low vision enjoy the right to education. The development of the EFA-VI Campaign can be analysed in terms of the following 4 stages:

Conceptualization Stage (2003 to 2006) :

When the campaign was conceived, Global Task Force formed, draft Business Plan developed and the Campaign launched at the 12th World Conference of ICEVI held in Kuala Lumpur in 2006.

Experimentation Phase (2007 to 2011) :

When ICEVI introduced the campaign in 12 focus countries which resulted in the development of good practices that could be emulated in other countries.

Consolidation Phase (2012 - 2013) :

Which is characterised by ICEVI doing a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis to determine the strengths and limitations of the campaign.

Expansion Phase (from 2014 onwards) :

When ICEVI is expected to strengthen its regions to collaborate with international agencies, larger initiatives on Education For All, INGDOs, UN Bodies, etc., to strengthen the advocacy front and also actively work with the Governments, local NGOs, organisations of Blind people etc., to facilitate quality education for children with visual impairment

The EFA-VI is being implemented in 24 participating countries including Bangladesh, Bolivia, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Guatemala, Ghana, Honduras, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Paraguay, Palestine, Swaziland, Uganda and Vietnam.  The December 2014 data from 18 countries reveal that 105,472 additional children with visual impairment have been enrolled in schools since the inception of the campaign. ICEVI acknowledges that the additional enrolment is also due to the proactive policies of local governments, lobbying by our international partners and involvement of the local DPOs and NGOs connected with the disability area in general and services for persons with visual impairment in particular.

Additional Enrolment of CWVI:

The campaign has contributed to the additional enrolment of children with visual impairment in schools. The following table describes the country wise data on additional enrolment since inception of the programme.

S.No Country Students Enrolled from Initiation till 2014
1 Dominican Republic
1702
2 Ecuador
3617
3 El Salvador
741
4 Ethiopia
14767
5 Fiji
20
6 Guatemala
8198
7 Honduras
794
8 Mozambique
676
9 Nepal
4819
10 Nicaragua
15432
11 Pakistan
1710
12 Palestine (Including special schools)
3230
13 Paraguay
1420
14 Uganda
283
15 Vietnam
43112
16 Kenya
3635
17 Burkina Faso
415
18 Ghana
901
 
Total
105472

Screening and Capacity Building Programmes:

Capacity Building Programmes were organized on various themes such as Low Vision, Early Detection and Assessment, Adapted Learning Materials, Abacus, Braille, Education of MDVI, Inclusive Education, Visual Stimulation, Orientation and Mobility, Child Protection Policies, Role of Parents in Education of Children with Visual Impairment, Activities of Daily Living etc. Screening of children was also conducted and optical devices were provided. The country wise details of the beneficiaries are given in the following table.

S.No Country Students Teachers Parents
1 Bolivia
435
64
21
2 Dominican Republic
645
1666
1464
3 Ecuador
12078
39033
22505
4 El Salvador
61
404
577
5 Guatemala
9161
394
636
6 Honduras
1682
1265
193
7 Nicaragua
367
473
2181
8 Paraguay
4286
2115
729
9 Nepal
81
104
0
10 Pakistan
200
253
215
11 Bhutan
0
16
0
12 Sri Lanka
0
2
0
13 India
0
245
0
14 Palestine
0
30
0
15 Bangladesh
0
152
0
16 Vietnam
0
10035
100
17 Ethiopia
0
50
60
18 Ghana
0
12
98
19 Mozambique
0
114
254
20 Uganda
45
21
0
21 Swaziland
0
1
0
22 Kenya
45
79
51
23 Malawi
37
11
26
24 Burkina Faso
0
0
3
25 Philippines
11
443
300
26 Thailand
240
2302
591
27 Cambodia
2109
263
0
650 Programmes
31483
59547
30004
Grand Total
121034

In Ecuador, around 4 lakh school students were screened in 14 provinces and more than 22 thousand students were provided with needed optical devices. In summary, more than 650 programmes were conducted and around 1 lakh 20 thousand students, teachers and parents have been benefited from the EFA-VI global campaign. The campaign has demonstrated that education for all initiative will become a reality when children with disabilities in general and children with visual impairment in particular are included in the mainstream education system.

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