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TANZANIA

No One Left Behind

Rights and accessibility to school and rehabilitation services for minors with disabilities in Iringa District

 

The project “No one left behind: rights and accessibility to school and rehabilitation services for minors with disabilities in Iringa district, Tanzania”, realized by IBO Italy and financed by Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, sees the involvement of a plurality of subjects in the partnership, both public and private in Italy, and in Tanzania the collaboration with the Iringa District and Nyumba A.L.I. a local non-profit association of parents.

Education is not a way to escape poverty,
it is a way of fighting it.

Julius Nyerere
Founding father of Tanzania

AREA OF INTERVENTION

Education. Disability. Children’s rights.

 

WHAT WE DO

The specific objective of the initiative is to strengthen the basic services for children with disabilities in the Iringa District through a participatory approach of all the actors of the educating community (school, day centers and families) to get to contribute to the inclusion social responsibility for minors with disabilities.


The initiative aims to intervene on the causes of exclusion with a bottom-up and participatory approach that involves all target groups. The project aims to reach 1,440 beneficiaries in Tanzania (60% women) among minors, young people, families, teachers and assistants.

 

LOCAL PARTNERS

Iringa school district

Nyumba Azimio Lenye Imani (Nyumba A.L.I.)

 

OTHER PARTNERS

ARCO Action Research for CO-development, PIN S.c.r.l., Cooperation Center of the University of Ferrara, Municipality of Ferrara, Services for inclusion of disadvantaged children, ISAAC Italy, Vaccari Institute of Rome, Helpicare by Didacare, Nyumba Ali and Social Cooperative “La Città Verde”.

 

WITH THE CONTRIBUTION OF

Italian Agency for Development Cooperation

 

PROJECT LEADER

Federica Gruppioni

WHERE AND WHY

The geographical area of intervention corresponds to the two administrative districts, urban and rural, of the Region of Iringa, a city located in the centre of Tanzania ten hours drive from the coast and the capital Dar es Salaam. A total of 405,377 inhabitants, 78% of whom live in rural areas, 52% are women and over 50% are under 19 years of age.
7.8% of the population has a disability, 80% of them live in rural areas. It is estimated that about 3% of the school-age population has a disability, and most of them are completely excluded from school services and society.

There are several elements that do not allow children and people with disabilities to fully enjoy their rights: low preparation of teachers on disability, difficulties in accessing care, rehabilitation and education services, poverty, presence of barriers for the usability of the structures, lack of poor or technological aids for education and communication, false popular beliefs and lack of community awareness and involvement on issues related to people with disabilities.

The project’s impact on the local community

190

CHILDREN (2-18 YEARS) WITH DISABILITIES

620

STUDENTS (15-25 YEARS)

40

ASSISTANTS IN DAY CARE CENTRES, FAMILY HOMES AND SCHOOLS

40

PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

150

TEACHERS (20 WITH DISABILITIES)

400

PEOPLE IN THE RURAL AREA OF IRINGA