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Inclusive Education for Children with deafblindness and Multi-Sensory Impairment in Tanzania

14 July 2019

Sense International Tanzania has been awarded a one year extension for the Inclusive Education project, funded by the Human Development Innovative Fund (HDIF) funded by UK Aid. 

The project is focused on three key outcomes:

  • To demonstrate to the government of Tanzania that children with deafblindness can be successfully included in mainstream schools.
  • To increase government commitment to providing children with deafblindness with an education.
  • Develop recommendations for the government on developing a system for providing teaching assistants in mainstream schools with support from a Special Needs Education teacher.

Sense International recommends a two-step approach, starting with home-based education, ahead of supporting children in mainstream schools. Recent independent research has shown that the approach is effective. 

Recommendations derived from the project and the research are being presented to the Tanzanian Ministry of Education in Tanzania today. Advocacy by the SI Tanzania team has already successfully influenced the National Strategy on Inclusive Education.

Sense International Tanzania has also been recognized in the Government’s Education Sector Development Plan:

Sense International is a highly regarded international organization for supporting children with disabilities.  The project is working toward integrating deafblind children into mainstream schools. The approach works with families at home to prepare children for school – then works with the children, teachers and teaching assistants within the schools.”

Thanks to the project, 100 children with deafblindness and Multi-Sensory Impairment (MSI) are now learning alongside their friends in local ‘mainstream’ schools in three regions of Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, and Iringa.  The parents of children in the project are thrilled with the transformation of their children’s capabilities.

 Geoffrey Atieli, Sense International Tanzania’s Country Director, was at the forefront of this inspiring work on inclusive education until his retirement at the end of June 2019. We thank him for his many years of dedicated service to people with deafblindness. He has made a huge contribution to Sense International!  Also we wish his successor Naomi Lugoe well, as she and the Sense International Tanzania team take the work forward. 


First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Friday 6 December 2019