Recent figures show that 98% of children with disabilities in Africa are not in school. The Tanzanian government in 2010 introduced a ground-breaking policy that ensured that disabled children had the right to primary and secondary education, yet this has so far been difficult for existing schools to fully implement due to the fact that schools are not build with disabled children in mind. The Child Support Tanzania School, run by the organisation of the same name, is pre-school for children with physical and mental disabilities.
The school approached Article 25 with the wish to expand its premises with appropriate facilities built with the staff and the students in mind. Article 25’s work on the new school will provide a model to inform the construction of other schools that want to become inclusive schools.
Article 25 have produced a masterplan that includes features such as spacious classrooms, a sensory garden and close attention to detail (including light, shade, airflow) that will make the school a comfortable place for both students and teachers.
Working with: Child Support Tanzania, Able Child Africa
Location: Mbeya, Tanzania
Expected Completion: To be confirmed
Annual number of lives affected: 290+