Our partnership with Aberdeen Standard Investments has meant that we have been able to advance our development of a new inclusive Early Childhood Education Centre.
In partnership with Aberdeen Standard Investments, the inclusive Early Childhood Education Centre delivered with Article 25 Architects and our partner Child Support Tanzania (CST). In rural or isolated regions, access to inclusive educational services is extremely difficult to find. In fact, the inclusive centre run by CST in Mbeya is the only one of its kind in a 1,000-mile radius.
Advocating – The need for CST to exist is therefore great. However, due to CST’s incredible growth and expansion, having taken a role in regional policy development and becoming an advocate for the inclusion of children with disabilities in school more widely, they wildly outgrew their current building that was becoming increasingly unfit or purpose.
Turning a vision into reality – Able Child Africa spent 5 years working with CST and Article 25 to design a purpose-built fully inclusive early childhood education centre, and with support from the local community, government and funds from donors such as Aberdeen Standard, this vision became a reality.
The design includes a sensory garden, playground, physiotherapy room, teacher’s accommodation and a permanent site for an income generation workshop. Not only have Aberdeen funded part of the project, however, but 12 of their staff also travelled from around the globe in June 2019 to volunteer directly and push the build further towards its completion.
Words don’t do the trip justice. It was an amazing experience and a great opportunity. I left feeling privileged, humbled and wanting to do more.– ANDY from Aberdeen Standard Investments
We’re thrilled – that our partnership with Aberdeen Charitable Foundation has not only enabled us to improve the lives of many more children with disabilities in Africa but also offered enriching volunteering experiences, spreading disability awareness globally.