Tanzania: Kinondoni Council Eyes Sh800 Million for Disabled People’s Education

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KINONDONI municipality in Dar es Salaam region, in collaboration with Beula Communications, has organized a campaign aimed at raising 800m/- in cash and equipment to enable students with various forms of disability access quality education.

To support the drive, Kinondoni Municipal Mayor, Mr Yusuph Mwenda, said his office would contribute 100m/- while each worker would contribute 10,000/- for the purpose.

Speaking at the launch of the campaign, Chairman of the Special Education committee in the municipality, Mr Lessly Nyambo, said there were an estimated 1,800 children with disability in primary and secondary schools in the municipality.

“These students lack specialized equipment to facilitate their learning. It should be noted that these students face a lot of challenges compared to their able-bodied colleagues,” Mr Nyambo explained.

“For instance, students with hearing impairment may take up to ten years to complete primary education while it is supposed to take only seven years,” he added.

He said that many students with physical disability dropped out of school due to lack of support of escorts to and from school. For his part, Mayor Mwenda said the municipality was determined to ensure students with disability had an opportunity to access education just like their able-bodied counterparts.

“It is only through education that these children can have an opportunity to make use of their talents. I urge parents to shun the habit of denying them education as this is their right,” the mayor stressed.

He called on education stakeholders and other well-wishers, including businesspeople, public and private institutions, to support the campaign by donating cash and equipment to make the campaign successful.

Coordinator of the fundraiser, Mr Melkzedeck Mutta, said the campaign would climax on November 15, this year, at Leaders Club grounds in the city, adding that at the function there will be various sports activities involving students with disability from Ilala and Temeke municipalities.

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