The disabled in Urambo decry lack of access to education

More than ninety percent of the disabled in Urambo district, Tabora region are illiterate due to lack of the necessary opportunities and suitable learning environment for them.

Urambo district has more than 900 disabled people where 860 of them are proven illiterate.

Speaking at a training workshop organized by the Tanzania League of the Blind (TLB) through funds form the Foundation for Civil Society, the TLB Urambo district chair, Mr. Daniel Mwita said illiteracy has condemned most of the disabled persons to social poverty and hardships.

While opening the training, the district council lawyer Mr. Noel Ndallu said that the government values the welfare of people with disabilities and that’s why it is trying very hard to build basic infrastructures that will cater for the needs of the special group.

In their statement read by the TLB assistant chair in the district, Mr. Focus Magwesela, the people with disabilities said they have a workable plan to help out in the development of the country since they too are capable of participating in development processes.

Magwesela said despite of their disabilities they have the right to access education as well as other important basic needs - similarly to other able-bodied persons.

The two-day training brought together people with different disabilities in the district.

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