Grace is head of a department for children with disabilities at Mlandezi Primary School.
There are 70 children in her unit who have a spectrum of diverse needs including hearing, visual and intellectual disabilities.
“Education is very important for disabled children, they must have the same rights as other children. Pre-primary helps children to develop and lay the foundations to enter class one. We prepare them with songs and play, writing and counting.
ADD International is an organization which is there to help disabled children join school.
They have helped us be trained in identifying different disabilities and how to create inclusive classes. We go door to door in the villages to find children with disabilities and talk to their parents in depth. Together we decide the best action to take - if the child can come to school, or if they need to go to the hospital for further treatment.
I fully support inclusive education.
It stops disabled children from isolating themselves and feeling different. They learn through their peers, build skills and confidence, and see themselves as humans like the other children.
We still face so many challenges. We have a shortage of teaching materials for children with special needs. Infrastructure is a problem, school environments are not always accessible and many children are hard to reach, they live far away and are scattered across the region.
We are happy this project is here but we still have so much work to do, this is only the beginning."
Let's build movements together.
Millions of disabled people in Africa and Asia are still condemned to a life of poverty and exclusion. Right now, organisations of disability activists are working to fight discrimination and ensure every disabled person gets a fighting chance at living their best life. They urgently need your support.
Meet the Activists
Hassani Kambangwa is a proud and passionate disability activist working on securing education for all children in Tanzania. Here he tells us why working on disability rights inspires him.
Amina is 8 years old and has a hearing impairment. She's been going to school for two years and her family have already noticed many improvements.
Isaac Idama is a passionate disability activist working to ensure disabled children in Tanzania can access an inclusive education.