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Africa Forum on Visual Impairment held in Ethiopia

The 7th Africa Forum on Visual Impairment is taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, October 7-11. The World Blind Union is represented at the Forum by the President, Dr. Fred Schroeder; the CEO, Mr. Jose Viera, Officers, members and partners from Africa and around the world.

During the opening ceremony, Dr. Schroeder highlighted the critical role of inclusive education and emphasized that lifelong learning is the determining factor to foster inclusive and transformative development.

The Africa Forum on Visual Impairment is a global conference which began in 1996. It offers an opportunity for individuals and agencies to exchange ideas, share best practices and promote new assistive technologies in the field of visual impairment to improve the lives of persons with visual impairment in Africa. 

The theme for this year's Forum is “Achieving African Union Agenda 2063​ and the SDGs through Innovation, Access and Lifelong Learning”.

Throughout its history, the Forum has led to many reforms concerning inclusive education policies, advocacy and ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind or Visually Impaired that entered into force on September 30, 2016.
Africa Forum participants
Photo: Courtesy of African Union

The 7th Forum is jointly organized by the African Union (AU); the Government of Ethiopia; the African Forum Council and Perkins International Regional Office. It brings together Representatives from the African Union Member States, organizations for persons with disabilities, refugees, returnees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) with disabilities, disability federations, universities, rehabilitation experts and practitioners, policy makers, and civil society organizations, among other stakeholders.

For more information, visit the African Union website​.