Tuesday, August 9, 2011

For the Bright Future

Last month June 2011 I was in Kigoma-Tanzania. I spent some days there at Ilagala and Karago. These are villages sorrounding Lake Tanganyika. I had plenty of time moving from house to house talking to different villagers about life and challenges facing them, It was just curiosity nothing more but to my surprisse; most of these villagers considered education as the most thing they needed at that particular time drawing examples from different neighbours on thier success.

Contrary to thier demand; I found children roaming around, I talked to some of them because I wanted to know why they were at home while it was school time? I obtained different responses from the as follows; I dont have school uniforms! I dont think if schooling is all that I need! I am not interested! My parents never attended school too! and other responses.

The question that remain unanswered to me till today is that, while parents regarded education as the most valuable thing they can leave behind for thier children, they never forced thier children to attend school. Therefore, whose education were they talking about? Was it for thier own children other children?

I wanted also to know, how children with special needs are involved in thier community activities; unfortunately, most of the parents I talked to showed no sign of caring them and just came to find out that, thier disability status was considered as a burden to thier famaly.

I therefore wish to argue all stakeholder to lay down measure to serve the future of our children so when we are gone, there will be a moment for Us to be remembered, not because we visited them but because we had time to develop a bright future for them.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Project-Proposal: Tunawapenda (We love You) Special Education Center

Project-Proposal: Tunawapenda (We love You) Special Education Center

(1) Tile of the project: Tunawapenda Special Education Center

(2) Theme of the Project: Disability

(3) Project Category: Adoption of Life skills

(4) Provide a brief description of what the project is designed to achieve

We aim at enabling pupils with special needs to become independent and productive individuals for their personal, family and nation's betterment.

(5) Period of Project: No

(6)Project Manager:

(8) Project goal and purpose
Goal: To build in skills for pupils with special needs and reducing dependencies and beggers


(a) Establishing a conducive situation for the pupils with special needs

(b) Assisting them to be skilled in life skills and rehabilitation-oriented activities

(c) Involve them in developmental activities

(d) Creating social awareness regarding disability and the ways of taking care.

(e) Helping them become self reliant and self conscious.

(f) Act as a catalyst for enhancing national and international guidelines regarding disability.

(g) Encouraging research studies.

(9)Background to the proposed project.

According to the Survey Report of Disability in Tanga Region; disability is considered negatively and as the matter of fact, a lot a children are either killed or locked in their homes while the rest are left wandering in the streets and turns into beggars.

(10) Indicator of the proposed project are as the identified needs.

(a) This project will arrange life skills training for them so that they may be involved in income generating activities. The products will be sold later on which will be an example of how to become independent.

(b) Therapy will be given to the blind and the physically handicapped so that they may grow in them a positive self-reliant attitude.
( c ) Special classroom will be arranged to develop in them the 3R's

(11) Project outputs

The following results will come out from the project:-

(a) Mass people will be aware of the disability and drop the prevailing notion that, children with disabilities are not human beings..

(b) The people will incorporate them in productive activities including being employed

(c) In a long run; the disabled will have access to economic solvency, social security and status.

(d) Scope for rehabilitation and employment for the disabled will be created.

(e) Academic activities will be rendered to preserve and publish internationally accepted information regarding risibility.

(12) How the outputs meet the purpose of the project.

It is our great belief that, If we can materialize the project, the result of the project will ensure healthcare, education and safety for pupils with special needs in the society and have an opportunity to take part in income generating activities. To this far, disabled individual will then be able to get social recognition as a part of the mainstream people.

(13) Indicator of the benefits of the project.

We hope and believe that:

(a) There will be a permanent mass awareness regarding disability and people with disability.

(b) They will be able to work in different productive activities.

(c) They will be having and raising their own families.

(e) They will be among the respected individuals in the society

(14) Project beneficiaries (direct/indirect) socio-economic status, size and geographic location. Are those pupils with special needs who in one way or else have always found themselves to have limited accessibility to education due to their disability status.

My e-mail is earlymshana@yahoo.com