Do you know that 9 out of 10 visually impaired children in developing countries have no access to education?
The organization Braille Without Borders believes that this situation can be changed, particularly by visionaries who are blind/partially sighted themselves.
After establishing the well known Braille Without Borders training center in Tibet with its unique concepts of empowering the blind to take their own projects in their own hands, the organization is now taking a next step: The realisation of the International Institute for Social Entrepreneurs (IISE).
Through the IISE Braille without Borders aims to empower especially those blind and visually impaired people who feel an urge to make a positive change in their country, society or surrounding.
In a one year’s course the IISE will train 25 to 40 participants (age 18+) who have the right initiative, motivation and potential to establish and run their own social projects.
Braille without Borders sees blind and visually impaired people who have gained self confidence by overcoming obstacles in life as natural detectors of social problems in society. Through the battle against daily discrimination a number of blind and visually impaired people developed strength and are able to act as problem solvers in their own surroundings.
Therefore the IISE will especially focus on participants who are blind and/or partially sighted. Over a one year’s course the participants will be practically trained in management, fundraising, PR activities, project planning, computer technology, English, communication and soft skills. After this training they will be in a position to fight for their rights, to negotiate with governmental leaders and help to change the attitudes towards marginalized groups through setting up social and/or environmental projects in their own regions or countries.
In order to ensure high quality training the IISE will accommodate a maximum of 40 participants per annum. The institute will be run by a national and international team of highly qualified facilitators (catalysts).