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Perkins partners with government to open first Low vision assessment centre in Serbia

Two children with the same vision impairment can have a totally different way they see the world around them. In the Low vision assessment center parents and teachers understand how children use their vision, and ways to make learning and playing accessible.

A group of adults observe a teacher and student while teachers check his eyes.

Two children with the same vision impairment can have a totally different way they see the world around them.

Minister of Education and deputy prime minister of the Government Branko Ruzic, Fist Lady Tamara Vucic, Darija Udovicic, Perkins, Silvana Pavlovic, Director of School Dragan Kovacevic

In the Low vision assessment center parents and teachers understand how children use their vision, and ways to make learning and playing accessible. 

Low vision assessment center opened in one of the Perkins model programs – School for children with visual impairment Dragan Kovacevic, Belgrade, Serbia. For the last two years, teachers from Kovacevic have been trained and mentored by Perkins trained teachers. In addition, there are eight more programs Perkins is currently supporting in Serbia.

Darija Udovicic regional director for Perkins’ Europe and Eurasia programs says; “Perkins provided tailored training and assessment tools and will continue to provide mentoring.”

Sustainable and scalable model of education

This is the first Low vision assessment center in Serbia. Therefore, its importance is recognised by high government officials. Minister of education and deputy prime minister of the government Branko Ruzic states: “The goal is to find the most efficient way to address the needs of children and to use the most adequate teaching methods.” 

Serbia’s First Lady Tamara Vucic presents at the conference that followed. Theme of the conference was “Functional vision assessment and visual functioning” – a first of this kind in Serbia.

Perkins is building a sustainable, scalable model for quality education for children with complex needs. When Perkins partners with the government on a project like this, essential services become available – and that is how we unlock the child’s power to learn and thrive.

First Lady Tamara Vucic interacts with a student and teacher

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Photo credit: FOTO TANJUG/JADRANKA ILIC/bs

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