Sports Development Aid on February 2021 visited Mtwara Technical Secondary School that provides inclusive education. 40 students attended the Girls Action Club and 5 of the students were disabled (mute).
Gender discrimination was the topic discussed together with the students in Girls Action Club giving their views on how they understand gender discrimination. Through group discussions and presentation, all girls were able to understand the term gender discrimination and the indicators, which lead to gender discrimination.
After discussions, we played a traditional game called Paka na Panyameaningcat and rat that improves physical fitness and flexibility to students which make them active that will lead them to better academic performance and be able to reach their goals.
“I am very happy to learn about gender discrimination and most of all to play a new game called paka and panya because I have never played before. I am grateful to Sports Development Aid to remember us disabled. I promise I will never miss this session every week” – a mute student, Girls Action Club member
Sports Development Aid is giving thanks to a GlobalGiving team and funders for the endless support that you’re giving to the VulnerablePeople and People With Disabilities (PWD). The communication with Tanzania Building Authority – TBA has been going on, SDA already sent a letter to ask for permission to start the operation in early January 2021 in “Fin Compound”- Live, Learn and Supporting Centre.
SDA has already started the preparation. The cleanness and renovation will start in areas like; tennis court, and volleyball court, swimming pool, and Sauna. The place will start with small activities including a swimming lesson, Sauna and adapted sports activities.
“Fin Compound”- Live, Learn and Supporting Centre needs a big renovation for the VulnerablePeople and People With Disabilities to start operating. Kindly we would like to ask for your support so as to meet our target in helping VulnerablePeople and People With Disabilities
“My name Njile, a 21 years old young man, I am disabled. It is not easy to live like this because many do not accept me as I am including some members in my family and community. They believe that I can not act or do like a normal person. As a disabled person So I was excluded from a lot of issues.
In 2012, I finished my primary school education but due to the bad perception that my family has to the disabled people, my parents and other family members didn’t believe that I can handle going for further studies. After a long conversation with them, they finally convinced them and they sent me to a secondary school in 2013 – 2016.
I didn’t get good grades in my form four final examinations, so my parents were very happy that finally, I can stay at home and no longer waste their money. In 2017 I decided to look for a sponsor for my education continuations. I thank God I got one, who promises to pay one year and she sent me to Tanzania Public Service College Mtwara Campus (TPSC) for my one-year Secretarial course Certificate level. After I finished my Certificate level in 2018 I continued a Diploma level with the same course and I got help from a lecture who paid one-year fees.
I am so thankful for my leaving God to meet Sports Development Aid and Karimjee Foundation, who together have the project of helping disabled people and decided to pay for my finishing year fee, without you I wouldn’t so sure that I can have my Secretarial Diploma, even though my goal is to be a Human Resource Degree holder. My biggest fear is the lack of other necessary things including, food, shelter, and materials for studying.
My take to the community and parents who have disabled people in their homes is; to make sure they support them because they can do and act as any other human being. They can study, work, play etc. Sports Development Aid and Karimjee Foundation showed the way that other people should follow the steps. May God bless you a lot.” – by Njile.
Sports Development Aid is still in the process of finding funders for its inclusive Education and Sports Centre where people of all abilities can enjoy sports and various education courses. While we look for the funds, we started to collect more information about the state of Health Education and Sports in schools for students with disabilities, thus, we went to the field and visited schools conducting inclusive education in Mtwara region.
We started our research by visiting officials and we met the Education Officer of special needs education, Mr. Tufanye. “This special group needs extra care because they are forgotten in society. For example, there are only a few teachers who are specialized to teach this group of people in our schools. Lack of teachers makes students with special needs not to participate in sports and leads to a lack of adequate health education for them. The government does its best, but other stakeholders have to help this group too.”
From the officials, we continued to meet teachers and students in Mustapha Sabodo secondary school, a special school for inclusive education in Mtwara. There are several students with different impairments such as: albinism, hearing impairment, vision impairment and various physical impairments. “The school needs more specialized teachers. Due to a small number of special teachers, many of the students with disabilities fail in school, consequently, staying only at home and causing a burden for their families. We think that SDA’s Education Centre is highly needed because it can educate and create more jobs for this special group.” – Second master Sabodo secondary school.
People’s with disabilities rights to education and civic participation is drastically undermined. Lack of qualified teachers in schools prevent students with special needs to succeed in their studies and are left behind. Without education they can’t obtain employment and become financially independent, thus, they stay dependent on their parents and relatives and the stigma of children with disabilities being a burden for the family remains.
The following quotation of a girl student with a hearing impairment in Sabodo illustrates well the fact that people with disabilities are very forgotten and vulnerable group of people in Tanzania. “We are so happy to see you today, we appreciate your visit. This shows how much you care about us. There are so many people with disabilities who are not lucky to be in school like us. We are very sure that even some of us will come to your center. This inspires us a lot to see that some people do care about our future.”
Sports Development Aid organized a running event - Mtwara Marathon in Mtwara town on 30th of November to raise funds for the renovation of our future inclusive Sports and Education Centre supporting people with disabilities and school drop-out youth with vocational education. The runners run 5 km, 10 km or 20 km. The slogan “Right to Be Me” carried an important message about the rights of people with disabilities to live a normal life and to be included into the society as equal members.
The Guest of Honor - Regional Commissioner of Mtwara was very happy to see that the event was prepared specially to highlight people with disabilities and their rights, who are neglected in the society. The Regional Commissioner insisted that this group needs attention and the society’s support so that they can be independent and meet their goals in life (see his entire speech via attached link). He gave his contribution 200,000 TSH (90 USD) towards the center and encourage other people to donate as well that we can help this special group.
Around 200 people participated in the marathon, including 10 disabled students from Shangani and Rahaleo primary schools. They run 10 kilometers and Said Hussein, a boy from Shangani Primary School won a silver medal. Saidi’s teacher Mis. Amina was very impressed to see her student winning the second place, “many people don’t recognize people with disabilities, however, they can do wonders as normal people can”.
From the beginning of 2020, Sports Development Aid’s major focus will be in fundraising for the Sports and Education Center, thus, all the support is needed from all over the world. Please make your first contribution towards our project and share it with your friends and family.
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