6 May 2013

Tanzanian Teacher Wins International Award

Arusha — TANZANIANS have immense potential to reach the stars, as shown by Mrs Swaleha Mohamedali Chandoo, who has won the International Teacher of The Year award from the Division of International Special Education (DISES) under the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) of Illinois, USA.

Mrs Mohamedali who works at the Jaffery Academy in Arusha, at Njiro, pioneered a Special Education Unit at the school in the year 2006 that facilitates both inclusive and exclusive education for cognitively challenged children. The award ceremony was held in San Antonio, Texas - USA last month where Mrs Mohamedali was honoured by the DISES and CEC.

She is also renowned for introducing oral examinations for the dyslexic students sitting for the Class 4 National Examinations in Arusha. Being a member of the International Association of Special Education (IASE)- America (an esteemed organization that works globally to unite people in the field of special needs), she has recently been appointed the National Chair of Tanzania.

This is but a few of her achievements that has brought her this honourable award. "I have long realized that while educating, practicality is as important and essential as ethical values. The desire for 'Giving' has always driven me to find the diverse ways to improve and progress the Special Education Unit curriculum in my country Tanzania!

"Personally, the past 18 months have been one of the toughest years at the Jaffery Academy-SEN department, but while doing all this very exhaustive work, I learnt the real, true meaning of 'Giving'. "It was painful, and at times I wanted to give it all up but I found hope in the thought of building a better future for my cognitively challenged students,"she said.

"I believe that teachers like us, who dedicate our lives to inspire children, will realize there will always be rocks on the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how we use them," she noted.

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