10 November 2012

Tanzania: People With Special Needs Can Now Take on Technical Courses

Dodoma — GOVERNMENT will revive and establish new colleges for people living with disabilities to enable them build capacity for self-employment.

The Deputy Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Dr Seif Rashid, said in an effort to reduce unemployment, the improvement of these specialized colleges is one way to ensure that people living with disabilities are kept free from dependency.

Dr Rashid was responding to Riziki Omar Juma (Special Seats-CUF) who sought to know government's position on empowering people living with disabilities by ensuring that technical colleges were built to enable them acquire technical education.

She noted that government had previously stated its mission of reviving three technical colleges for people living with disabilities, namely, Masiwani in Tanga, Mbeya and Mtapika in Masasi, Mtwara region. In response, Dr Rashid said that the government is set to revive such technical colleges in phases, and the Ministry had started rehabilitating Masiwani and Luanzari colleges.

He said that the rehabilitation of the colleges started in the financial year 2011/2012 with over 120m/- set for Luanzari Technical College in Tabora and other 165m/- for Masiwani, Tanga.

Dr Rashid noted that the second phase of reviving colleges in the country will include Mtapika in Masasi and that the funds amounting to 500m/- for the project has been set aside in the year 2012/2013.

"Luanzari Technical College will accommodate 144 students annually while Masiwani will accommodate 40 students," Dr Rashid said. Dr Rashid added that currently 102 people living with disabilities are studying at Yombo Technical College and 81 are at Singida College.

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