Ilboru School for Children with Special Needs
AKP Project Since 2007
AKP is giving opportunities to an underserved population
Children in Tanzania with hearing impairments or mental or physical disabilities are often left with limited opportunities to receive a formal education. A decade ago, AKP funded the construction of the first primary school in Arusha, Tanzania especially designed to meet the needs of children with special needs. The school has successfully grown and made a huge difference for the children. Unfortunately, when the children graduated from the primary school, they were returned to regular mainstream education where teachers are not trained or equipped to deal with their unique learning needs. This resulted in a high drop-out rate.
Recognizing this issue, AKP decided to further support these children by building a secondary school at Ilboru. We have undertaken this project as a partnership with Tanzania’s Ministry of Education. The Ministry provides specially-trained teachers to work at the two-story, five-classroom facility. In addition to standard academic courses, the school teaches vocational skills such as sewing to increase chances the children will find employment upon graduating.
In 2016, in partnership with Worldreader, AKP began an innovative literacy program at Ilboru’s Primary School with the use of digital e-readers which will give children with disabilities access to a large library of textbooks and literature in both English and their local language of Swahili.
Visit with the students and staff of Ilboru School for Children with Special Needs, learning how the local community has partnered with A&K Philanthropy to provide vocational programs and eReaders for the children, while working to wipe out the negative stigma that is all too often associated with learning and hearing disabilities. After a tour of the school, join the students for an interactive learning exercise.
Guests traveling on Tanzania Safari in Style have a chance to meet the students and teachers while on a guided tour. A&K can also include a visit to the Ilboru School on a Tailor Made Journey to Tanzania. Contact our offices in Australia, the UK or the USA for assistance in creating an itinerary just for you.