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PROJECT TYPE: Pre-school for Disabled and Able-bodied Children

PROJECT PARTNERS: Child Support Tanzania, Able Child Africa

ENGINEERING PARTNERS: Engenuiti (Structural), Hoare Lea (M&E), WSP (Civil)

STATUS: Construction – Phase 1 and Phase 2

What it’s about:

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 have 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 built with disabled children in mind.

The Child Support Tanzania School runs a pre-school for children with physical and mental disabilities to enable them to join a mainstream school curriculum at age five. The school also integrates able-bodied children who make friends with the disabled though their life at the school and learn that a disability is not a handicap in life.

The current school operated by Child Support Tanzania has significantly outgrown its premises. Able Child Africa, a UK based charity which exclusively works with and for disabled children in Africa, and Child Support Tanzania have asked us to design a new school campus on a government donated site. The design includes spacious, well-lit classrooms for 160 children, a dining hall, music rooms, computer rooms, physiotherapy spaces, a hydrotherapy pool, a sensory garden and outdoor play areas and a sports field. The design is intended to be a model to inform the construction of other schools in Tanzania that want to become inclusive schools.


Visualisation of proposed classrooms

Children being taught braille by two visually impaired teachers at the existing school