Supporting Special Education Needs in Rural Tanzania

We are excited to be supporting an innovative learning project for pupils with special educational needs in rural Tanzania.  For many young people with physical or learning disabilities education, let alone the potential for vocational skill development, is just not an option.  However, The Amani Centre, a small NGO with a mission to support young people with mental and physical disabilities and their families, located in the Morogoro region of Tanzania, is changing that.

More recently, Amani has opened a school in Mvomero, dedicated to young people with a hearing impairment and/or other forms of disability. A first of its kind institution, the school has achieved government recognition and registration, and aims to become a leading institution regionally supporting young people with special education needs.

The school is surrounded by farmland and UK registered charity, FOAT – Friends of Amani Tanzania, has been working with Centre staff and the School's Headteacher, to look at how this land can be used and enhanced to provide much needed extra-curricular space and vocational skills for the children.    The School currently covers all core curriculum subjects, but with this farming resource on their doorstep, there is a fantastic opportunity to develop key vocational & life skills, that could give these young people access to employment opportunities and a chance of a successful future.

With a strong and established partnership already in place between FOAT and The Amani Centre, and support from volunteers with education and local expertise, we are delighted to be able to provide the funding needed to develop this very exciting vocational curriculum project.

Fonthill will provide a specialist facilitator to work with school staff to develop the new agriculture based 'curriculum', providing a full programme of learning resources for maize production & vegetable growing, as well as funding the necessary tools and equipment for the long-term development of the land into a 'Shamba', which will include a productive vegetable garden and small maize farm.  We will also provide a small amount of transport and subsidence costs to Mvomero Wazee, a group of elder agriculturalists in the community, so that they can be involved in the project and share their expertise and learning in an inter-generational exchange.

This is the first phase of a very exciting project.  One which FOAT and Amani hope will develop into a leading model of a holistic curriculum learning, linking experiential learning, life skills, sustainability, inter-generational learning and social enterprise.  We are extremely excited to see the development of this fantastic new initiative.