14 December 2012

Tanzania: School Faces Acute Shortage of Braille Machines

UHURU Mchanganyiko Primary School in Dar es Salaam is facing an acute shortage of Braille machines which are very essential for the learning of the visually impaired pupils.

The school's Assistant Headmaster, Mr James Mwakitalu, said they currently have only seven Braille machines which are used by about 100 pupils. Mr Mwakitalu was speaking in Dar es Salaam when receiving various items including foodstuffs, soap, biscuits, drinks, cooking oil and clothes worth 4.2m/- donated by I & M Bank (T) Ltd.

"We are very happy to get these items which will help us meet part of the pupils' daily needs," said Mr Mwakitalu, calling for other donors to assist the school as well.

The bank's Chief Executive Officer, Mr Anurag Dureha, said apart from doing business, his institution also felt obliged to support the needy including orphans. Mr Dureha urged the government, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the private sector as well as individuals to help the school with teaching aids and other basic materials.

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