In Tanzania, most disabled children never get the chance to get a good education.
Disabled children are often stigmatised and viewed as unable to learn and so are rarely encouraged to go to school. Sometimes, they’re even hidden away by their families.
While Tanzania has made significant policy progress on inclusive education, implementation has been poor, hampered by weak capacity and a lack of ring fenced budgets to make sure the work happens.
School environments are often physically inaccessible, teachers are not trained in how to engage all their students and there is a lack of inclusive resources such as Braille textbooks.
Tools, skills and resources are urgently required so that the right to an education can be enjoyed by everyone.
Partnering with activists
We partner with disability activists in Tanzania to empower disabled children and their families to access an education. We work with teachers and schools to help them deliver inclusive environments, and together we hold powerholders to account to deliver on their obligations.
1. Break down stigma
Together with our disability activist partners, we train village leaders to go door to door to find disabled children who are often hidden away at home. We work with parents to break down stigma and change attitudes, so parents see their child has the potential to learn and flourish and enrols him or her into school.
2. Create inclusive schools
We help teachers access training in how to assess the needs of disabled children and how to deliver adapted curricula. We collaborate with local powerholders to ensure school environments are physically accessible - from the classroom to the bathrooms.
3. Influence power holders
We partner with disability activists to hold power holders to account and engage them in fully implementing policies for disabled children’s rights. They work to ensure an enabling policy environment and that inclusive education is available, accessible, properly resourced and financed.
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.
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.
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.
"Families often hide their disabled children. They don’t want other people to know there is a disabled child living there. ADD International works with organisations of disability activists. They go to the villages to raise awareness about disability rights. They advise the community not to hide disabled children away, but to send them to school instead. Parents are now starting to understand that children living with disabilities deserve an education."
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.