Downton-based charity EdUKaid has been awarded a £50,000 grant by the government to provide an inclusive education project in rural Tanzania giving disabled children the chance of a better future.

The grant from the Small Charities Challenge Fund (SCCF), is from the Department for International Development (DFID) fund supporting charities working to achieve sustained poverty reduction.

EdUKaid is a small charity working to improve access to education in some of the most remote schools in southern Tanzania.  Established in 2003, the charity works in partnership with local schools and communities.

EdUKaid’s Inclusive Education project aims to break down barriers that prevent nearly 95% of disabled children in Tanzania from accessing an education. The project will tackle the cultural and practical issues that prevent disabled children from attending school.

EdUKaid plans to organise a programme of activities in 20 of the most remote primary schools to give the most disadvantaged the chance to achieve their potential.

EdUKaid’s Programme Director Teresa Wells said: “The grant will enable us to change the way disability is perceived and help people understand the incredible value of inclusivity. We are looking forward to working with the team from the Department for International Development.”

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