Globally, persons with disabilities(PWDs) are less likely to finish primary school or pursue higher education, and thus less likely to follow career paths that lead to higher-paying, more specialized jobs. In this context, Tusaidiane Disabilities Resources and Charity Organization of Tanzania (TDRCT) would like to improve computer literacy and self-employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The Mwanza Computer Literacy Project in Tanzania will facilitate empowerment process of PWDs.
Poverty confronts the majority of PWDs in Tanzania. This reality is the result of social exclusion, lack of access to power, voice & security. The Tanzanian government & donors have initiated many programs & measures for the welfare of PWDs. But these schemes are based on a medical model. In the absence of programs to develop practical skills, PWDs tend to grow up being dependent on others & deprived of livelihood opportunities. We want to use this program to help PWDs find employment.
The project goal is to create and maintain close to 40 jobs for people with disabilities as a group or working as individuals. The main activities will include provision of computer training to the disabled community, providing free disability information through electronic Granary (e-Granary) as well as provision of internet services to the community. This will enable PWDs to learn how to become entrepreneurs, using information-communications technology (ICT) and workforce readiness programs.
It will empower PWDs to become skilled, self-reliant and productive members of the community. The project will bridge the educational divide, multiply educational opportunities and eradicate educational discrimination. ICT tools will act as means of removing existing barriers. The program will assist in building collaboration, networking and connections to livelihoods opportunities among 120 persons with disabilities and to equip the community in general with ICT skills.