Inner Vision, a Selam Ethiopia initiative, is a transformative project dedicated to empowering visually impaired and blind youth in Ethiopia through music training, studio recording, and inclusive education. Launched with support from the Swedish Postkodlotteriet in 2012, the program’s overarching goal is to provide vocational training, combat disability-driven exclusion and marginalisation. Over the course of its short duration, Inner Vision has successfully equipped seventeen students with both theoretical and practical expertise in traditional and contemporary music styles, visibility, and advocacy. Notably, the project has challenged deep-rooted forms of discrimination against cultural actors with disabilities while championing human rights and addressing poverty through music education. Additionally, Inner Vision has forged valuable partnerships, notably with Addis Ababa University’s Yared Music School, and continues to create a meaningful impact in the lives of its beneficiaries.
“Inner Vision” is a significant project by Selam Ethiopia, focusing on empowering visually impaired and blind youth through music training, studio recording, and inclusive education promotion in Ethiopia.
In 2012, Selam received funding from the Swedish Postkodlotteriet for a one-year Disability Program called “Inner Vision.” The primary objective of Inner Vision was to provide vocational training, combat exclusion due to disability, and marginalization. The program offered theoretical and practical training in traditional and modern music styles, visibility, and advocacy to seventeen students. Inner Vision challenged discrimination against cultural actors with disabilities and highlighted human rights issues and poverty alleviation through music education. Despite its short duration, Inner Vision yielded positive outcomes for students and fostered a productive dialogue with Addis Ababa University’s Yared Music School.
The project primarily benefited cultural sector actors and enablers in Ethiopia. It also extended its reach to three underserved groups within the cultural sector: visually impaired and blind musicians/artists, women, and adolescent boys and girls.
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– Addis Ababa University, Yared Music School
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