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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Govt urged to come up with pro-deaf policies

29th March 2012

The government has been urged to come up with and implement policies which will enable people with hearing and visual disabilities obtain basic human needs.

The call was made yesterday in Dar es Salaam by a director of Sense International, a non-governmental organization (NGO), Christopher Andendekisye, at a seminar attended by different participants dealing with people living with hearing disability.

Andendekisye said that the government has sidelined the deaf without establishing policies which will help them sustain their daily lives.

He said, for example, that the government has no special school for such kind of disability and even the constitution is silent about them.

“There has been no support from the government for these kinds of people before and after independence. They have been almost stigmatized as the only people who work and want to find solutions to their problems are those in the private sector and religious groups,” he said.

He said that according to a research conducted in 2007 concerning the deaf in the country there has never been research carried out about the group in East Africa.

Andendekisye therefore urged the government to cooperate with different stakeholders in providing better services to the deaf so as to enable them economically sustain their living.

For his part, Ministry of Education and Vocational Training deputy director Benjamin Kulwa called on the seminar participants to be good ambassadors to others in providing education to the society that people with disabilities are capable if given a chance.

“What is required is for cooperation with other stakeholders in making sure that these people are provided with services so as to carry on with their daily lives and cope with the life challenges,” said Kulwa.

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