We have been supporting children with disabilities in Tanzania since 2007 , advocating for their inclusion into mainstream education.

Child Support Tanzania
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Child Support Tanzania

Working with Child Support Tanzania (CST) provides inclusive early year’s education to the most vulnerable children in the Mbeya Region, in Southwest Tanzania.

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Many children and families in Mbeya are living in poverty, often exacerbated by disability, HIV/AIDS and high mortality rates. Services for children with disabilities are severely lacking and poorly resourced. We are trying to change this.

1,300

Members Engaged

We have engaged over 1,300 community members through disability awareness events.

236

Children Enrolled

We have enrolled 236 children with disabilities into disability-inclusive child rights club.

8

Schools Improved

We have modified 8 mainstream schools to improve accessibility for children with disabilities.

What we are proud of?

On the back of our Inclusive Education project in Mbeya, we have been working as part of a national consortium with the Tanzanian government to input into the National Strategy for Inclusive Education. Specifically, our focus has been on ensuring that the child-to-child approach is included in the strategy. To ensure this inclusion and in consultation with the Ministry of Education, we have designed a child-to-child inclusive education teachers guide working with local and international inclusive education experts. Once signed off by the national government, we aim to scale the take-up of this guide across Tanzania.

CASE STUDY

Juliet’s Story

Juliet is a bright, bubbly, confident thirteen-year old.  She also has hydrocephalus and low vision. Her parents initially found it very hard to come to terms with their daughter’s disability and influenced by stigma and shame, didn’t send Juliet to school.

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Together, we can transform the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable children.

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