ICEVI and CBM promote education of visually impaired children.
Founded in 1952 in the Netherlands, 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.
In 2013, more than 4000 individuals and organizations in over 180 countries are actively involved in ICEVI worldwide.
ICEVI works closely with International Non-Governmental Development Organizations (INGDOs) and UN bodies such as United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN-ECOSOC), UNESCO, UNICEF, and WHO.
ICEVI’s biannual magazine 'The Educator' is available in in print and Braille in both English and Spanish and is also posted on the website www.icevi.or g. ICEVI also publishes a biannual electronic newsletter that is currently distributed worldwide.
CBM is one of the strong supporters of ICEVI and both the organisations share the common objective of reaching out to children with visual impairment who are currently unreached. CBM is also an International Partner Member of ICEVI and contributes to its policies and programmes. CBM is actively engaged in the Global Campaign on Education for All Children with Visual Impairment (EFA-VI) being implemented by ICEVI acting in partnership with the World Blind Union (WBU).
Lord Low of Dalston United Kingdom is the President of ICEVI and Dr. M.N.G. Mani from India serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Mani is associated with the CBM for more than 3 decades and currently serves as the Coordinator of CBM’s International Advisory Working Group on Education of Children with Visual Impairment.
ICEVI wishes to work closely with the regional offices of International Organisations for joint advocacy and synergy.