Our initiative works to bring visual health to the most remote schools, through qualified optometrists and teachers, giving glasses to the students that need them, working with parents and teachers and encouraging students with visual health issues.
Our initiative develops visual health strategies for schools in the most remote places, with qualified optometrists, glasses and an education team. Giving support to parents and teachers on the importance of visual health in student´s learning processes and promoting activities to encourage reading and writing abilities in students with visual impairments.
Our initiative develops visual health strategies for schools in the most remote places, with qualified optometrists, glasses and an education team. Giving support to parents and teachers on the importance of visual health in student´s learning processes and promoting activities to encourage reading and writing abilities in students with visual impairments.SEE LESS
Stage 4: Transition to Scale
More than 1,300 students impacted in six schools of three rural regions of Colombia. With established solid alliances with organizations in health and education. Looking for partnerships to scale the impact and achieve financial self-sustainability.
Registered in Colombiain Colombia
Education, Health and Inclusion
Education, Health and InclusionSEE LESS
Lives Impacted to Date
Funds Raised to Date
According to the World Health Organization, globally 285 million people are visually impaired. The main cause of visual impairment is uncorrected refractive errors, which represents 42% of the cases.
There are many children and young people with visual health problems that, due to lack of adequate medical attention and support in their schools and families, are forced to live in a more challenging context and many cases, they do not finish school.
Develop visual health and inclusive education strategies for schools in faraway communities, giving students medical attention by qualified optometrists, providing glasses to the ones that need them and encouraging teachers, parents, and students to support learning processes of children with visual impairments.
1,371 students benefited in six schools of three rural regions of Colombia. Delivering 313 glasses, impacting 426 parents and 120 teachers, and working with 42 different volunteers through medical and pedagogical brigades in visual health and inclusive education.
Mission and Vision
Mission: Improve the quality of life and encourage the learning processes of students with visual impairments, supporting schools in faraway communities through medical and pedagogical brigades.
Vision: In 2025, more than 10,000 students in faraway communities of Colombia are enabling to have visual health diagnosis and medical treatment in schools that encourage inclusive education strategies for children with visual impairments.
Veo Luego Aprendo combines health and education strategies to solve a problem that requires both professional perspectives.
Visual impairment is tackled by qualified optometrists through diagnosis, glasses and medical treatment. Inclusive education is approached by experienced teachers, encouraging teachers, parents, and students to support learning processes of children with visual impairments.
Our projects are focused on faraway communities, most of them in rural schools, where medical care services are scarce and educational challenges are enormous. All the medical services and educational workshops are free for students and their families. The medical and educational strategies are highly adaptable to different kind of communities, schools, and environments.
In addition, school students of privileged schools in Bogotá attent to the brigades as part of their social services projects in their schools, giving value added to our educational strategies.
Planned Goals and Milestones
We have been working for four years, developing one project per year. Our aim is to reach 10,000 students in 2015, looking for financial sustainability and acquiring research experience in inclusive education for students with visual impairments
|Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted||10,000|
|New Implemented Countries||Colombia|
|Recruit||2 management, 1 trustee and 40 volunteers|
|New Feature||Develop research in inclusive education for students with visual impairments.|
The Team Behind the Innovation
Daniel Agudelo Navarro. Education MA student at UCL, Institute of Education. Work experience at the Ministry of Education and Teach For All alumni.
Juan David Páramo. Doctor who specializes in psychiatry. Medical experience in rural and urban hospitals.
María Andrea Prieto. Female leader with more than six years of work experience in educational projects in rural communities.
Darlin Ibarguen. Afro-colombian leader with work experience at the Ministry of Education and Teach For All Alumni.
EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN