Ethiopian National Association of the Blind
የኢትዮጵያ ዓይነሥውራን ብሔራዊ ማኅበር
Welcome to Ethiopian National Association of the Blind
The Ethiopian National Association of the Blind (ENAB) was established in 1960 with its major objective to advance the respect of the universal human rights, equal opportunities and full participation of blind Ethiopians.
ENAB is the first association of persons with disability in Ethiopia; it has more than 17,000 active members and 31 branch offices in 6 regions and 1 administrative city. In its sixty three years of operation, it has been performing various activities, among which education is the one that the association is highly engaged in.
ENAB in collaboration with AFUB Human Right project, conducted 3 days training on grant proposal development for 22 staff, board members,
Event participation Report.
ENAB participated on FENAID’s annual event on community awareness-raising which took place this year at the National Theatre on July 15. It featured a variety of handicrafts made by people with intellectual disabilities as well as entertainment performances performed by people with intellectual disabilities.
Training on project cycle management
In January 2023, ENAB signed agreement with African Union of the Blind (AFUB) and launch a project entitled “AFUB Human Right Project” which is funded by Swedish Association of the Visually Impaired (SRF). The overall purpose of the project is increase the capacity of ENAB to promote human rights and equal opportunities of persons with visual impairment using the CRPD, agenda 2023 and other relevant human right instruments as advocacy tools.
As per the project planned activities, ENAB in collaboration with AFUB human right project, conducted 3 days training on project cycle management for 23 staff and board members. The training was conducted at Soramba Hotel from July 03 to July 05.
The 16th Board of the Association handing over power to the 17th board.
The pre-election, election, and post-election activities of the Ethiopian National Association of the Blind (E.N.A.B) over the past six months ended today (Jue 5, 2023) with the 16th Board of the Association handing over power to the 17th board.
Ethiopian National Association of the Blind (ENAB) has conducted a workshop on the Marrakesh treaty with relevant stakeholders in Addis Ababa City.
Ethiopian National Association of the Blind (ENAB) has conducted a workshop on the Marrakesh treaty with relevant stakeholders in Addis Ababa City. Participants from F.D.R.E Ministry of Women and Social Affairs, F.D.R.E Ministry of Innovation of Technology, Ethiopian Intellectual Property Authority, and Ethiopian Writers Association have attended the workshop.
17th round General Assembly Establishment and 1st round regular meeting of the Ethiopian Association of the Blind held on May 19 & 20, 2013
Our association conducts elections every 4 years according to its bylaws, but due to covid-19 and security problems, the election was extended for 1 year and was held this year. However, due to the fact that the election process was not completed quickly and the security situation in some areas was not reliable, the assembly meeting that was supposed to be held within three months of the fiscal year was delayed. Due to the continuing unsafe security situation, the assembly representatives were airlifted and requested for financial assistance from various parties to hold the meeting.
The conference delegated one of the 13 agendas to the management board and passed decisions on 12 of them. In this, it approved the performance and external audit reports as well as the 5-year strategic plan and the 2023 annual plan. The main agenda item was the election of the 17th round of executive board members. According to the bylaws of the association, the number of members of the management board is 9, and one of the nine is elected from among the associate members. The assembly decided to keep the election from among the associate members open until the next assembly meeting and was able to elect the eight members of the management board in accordance with the bylaws.
Accordingly, the elected members of the executive board are:
- Ato Abera Reta, President of the Executive board.
- Ato Fantahun Mengistie, Vice president of the executive board of members.
- W/rt Kalkidan Shimels (Board member)
- W/ro Haregeweyn Aleneh (Board member)
- W/rt Frehiwet Mezgebe (Board member)
- Ato Habtu Kahsay (Board member)
- Ato Kasahun Asefa (Board member), and
- Ato Andinet Zenebe (Board member)
Newly elected Board members
Training on Inclusive Education, Disability and UNCRP was conducted in Woliata Soddo.
ENAB conducted a two-day training on inclusive education, disability, and UNCRPD for 20 teachers of the two target schools found in Woliata zoned with the financial support of CBM.
The international world Braille day is celebrated by ENAB at national level.
The 5th round International braille day is celebrated by the Ethiopian National Association of Blind with the financial support of Together for Inclusion (TOFI) project at national level with the participation of TOFI consortium members, OPDs, and government stakeholders.
ENAB celebrated the 2022 International disability day.
The Ethiopian National Association of the Blind celebrated the international disability day in various regions with different events that are related to People with disabilities. Last Saturday the day was celebrated in SNNPR and in Addis Ababa. In the SNNPR, the event was celebrated with questions and answer among students of disabilities at Soddo Secondary School.
Together for Inclusion – TOFI project, Workshop on National Economic Empowerment Advocacy network establishment and Inclusive Economic Empowerment was held from November 24 – 25, 2022 at Yeba Hotel Adama.
IEE National Advocacy Network is formally established with 37 members drawn from GoE (21 members), TOFI EE partners (5), INGOs(4), OPDs(4), local NGOs( 2), private organizations ( 3) and CBOs (One) at national level. ENAB, in collaboration with TOFI EE partners has taken the initiative to bring key partners to work together in a network form and has accomplished various facilitative and leadership roles at various levels.
ENAB members run on the Grand Ethiopian Run 2022
On October 15, White Cane Safety Day is observed around the world.
It is celebrated on Oct. 4th 2022 under
” White cane is decisive for blind people free and safe mobility.”
The Inclusive education Thematic area of ENAB conducted the first in-service teachers (INSET) training for the project School found in SNNPR.
As per the TOT training which was conducted in August by Enabling education Network (EENET) trainers, coming from abroad, the first round Inclusive learning Approach (ILA) Module one training was conducted in SNNPR , for Ottona primary School teachers from September 30-October 2/2022 at Woliata soddo town by those principal trainers who were took the ToT training.
Capacity building training for organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) at Dire Dawa. August 8-10, 2022
Capacity building training for organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) at Addis Ababa. August 1-3, 2022
A discussion forum was held to create a national Inclusion education union.
A discussion meeting that aims to strengthen and expand the education of inclusion with its main objective on July 19/2014 E.C.
About 85 University Graduates with Disability Trained on Pre-Jobs Skill and Job Hunt
An integrated Training at Adama, Sodo and Hawassa in Collaboration with Ethiojobs.
ENAB in collaboration with Ethiojobs, has organized a series of trainings on Pre job skill and job search at Adama, Hawassa and Sodo for persons with various disability. The training was conducted for the third round and about 97 graduates with disability were trained who are currently unemployed and graduated over the last 3 years from July 18 – 26, 2022. Specifically, about 45 Blinds, 12 deaf and 28 physically impaired persons are reached in the subsequent trainings.
Capacity building training for organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDSs) at Debremarkos. July 18-20 2022
Organisers and Presenters of the Training at Hawassa, July12-14, 2022
ENAB and SOS provide training
ENAB and SOS provide training for education sector partners at provincial and district level on inclusive education.
ENAB and Ethiojobs provide training
ENAB in collaboration with Ethiojobs, has organized a pre job skill development and job search training in two rounds at Addis Ababa for persons with various disability.
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