Tanzanian children to receive access to education for the first time from April

30 March 2017

Violet, a visually-impaired school student, sitting at her desk having benefited from inclusive educationOne of the most vulnerable groups in Tanzanian society stands to benefit from a new project which will see 10 primary schools open their doors to disabled children for the first time.

Despite the government’s efforts to support primary education, 98% of disabled children remain shut out of school.

That will begin to change in April through the work of Leonard Cheshire Disability — who work in Africa and Asia through local partners to support disabled people access school and work — and grant provider Comic Relief.

Assistant international director Alessandra Furtado said:

‘The inclusive education project will transforms the lives of 1,000 children in Dodoma, the capital city and home to some of the most widespread poverty in the East African country.

‘Rates of disabled children in education are low here, at only 0.3%, due largely to stigma, lack of teacher training and understanding of disability, a lack of assistive devices and infrastructure, and disability friendly policies not being implemented.’

Lack of access to this basic human right curtails life chances and perpetuates a cycle of poverty and exclusion.

The new four year project will see 10 primary schools become more welcoming and accessible.

School infrastructure will be developed and adapted learning materials provided. Activity clubs for disabled and non-disabled children to play together will be created alongside gender-equality based workshops.

New teacher training and assessments will be introduced, with additional training also made available to policymakers, NGOs and other bodies.

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