We have received exciting news; the National Executive Director of the SA National Council for the Blind, Mr. Jace Nair, has not only been elected as the Regional Chairperson of the African Union of the Blind (AFUB) Southern African Region, but also as the President of the African Union of the Blind!
Mr. Nair was elected during the AFUB General Assembly, which forms part of the joint World Blind Union (WBU)/ International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) General Assemblies currently taking place in Bangkok, Thailand.
AFUB is an umbrella organisation for 57 member organisations in 51 African countries, and forms part of the WBU. Its vision is:
“A continent where blind and partially sighted persons enjoy equal rights, social inclusion and full participation in development”, an its mission:
“To strengthen member organisations and create unity of purpose among them, through capacity building and advocacy, in partnership with governments, international agencies and other stakeholders”.
Mr. Nair said he was honoured to have been elected and that he was hoping to take the African Union of the Blind to new heights, making it a beacon of light for all visually impaired Africans. He is planning on working towards the fulfilment of AFUB’s vision to empower all visually impaired persons in Africa, through continuous endeavours to struggle for equality, and full inclusion and participation in development.
We congratulate Mr. Nair on his election and wish him all the best in his new role as President of AFUB.