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Disabled school run short of sports gear

30th January 2013
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Kibamba Special Primary School located in Dar es Salaam’s Kinondoni District faces a serious shortage of sports equipment, headmistress Asia Mpate confirmed yesterday.

She said the school has 25 pupils with mental disability who happen to spend most of their time in class and skip sporting activities.

Mpate said pupils like any other are supposed to have playtime for development of their brains and stable health.
 
The head teacher spoke  when her school received 25 desks, three tables and six chairs for teachers, 235 exercise books and 200 pens worthy 5m/- from KCB Bank.
 
“We have two qualified teachers for special needs pupils and we also have a block which is used as a classroom. The problem is that we lack sports equipment.
 
“Under normal circumstances, pupils with special needs are supposed to have enough playing time, but this is not happening at our school,” she said.    
 
Mpate said situation some times   frustrates pupils resulting in absenteeism, hence poor performance.
 
KCB Bank board chairman Edmund Mndolwa said the donation is part of his bank’s social community responsibility   and his bank is committed to help improve the level of education in the country.
He urged the beneficiary of the donations to take care of them and use prudently.
The bank also donated 64 desks worth 5m/- to Makumbusho Primary School in Dar es Salaam yesterday.
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN