We fund and support Mvumi Secondary School in central Tanzania

Blindness and the ICAP Unit

Mvumi Secondary School has a unit to educate eight pupils each year from Buigiri Primary School. The first eight began at Mvumi in January 2009. The numbers have gradually rise to betwen 30 and 40.  'Blind' encompasses visually impaired pupils as well as blind students.

Education in an integrated environment

Government policy is for children with disabilities to be educated in an integrated environment. Buigiri is an outstanding primary school for blind children at Buigiri, some 30 kilometres from Mvumi. Of the 12,200 Tanzanian primary schools, Buigiri School regularly comes within the top 100. However, at secondary level in Tanzania, provision for blind pupils is uneven.

Partnership with the government

The Anglican Diocese of Central Tanganyika, under whose auspices DCT Mvumi Secondary School and Buigiri Schools function, has developed a 10-year partnership with the Ministry of Education under which up to eight children leaving Buigiri School each year transfer to Mvumi Secondary School, where they receive a quality education. Special Needs teachers are working with other staff to ensure the blind pupils benefit from the full life of the school.

A very generous grant from ICAP plc, an international FTSE 100 company to Mvumi School Trust has enabled The School to provide:

  • two new staff houses at Mvumi for Special Needs teachers
  • the ICAP Block containing facilities, together with a resource room and storage for Braille equipment
  • Braille machines
  • Braille duplicating machine
  • funding for boarding and tuition for Mvumi's blind and severely visually impaired pupils.

The Government :

  • supplies three fully-trained Special Needs Teachers and pays their salaries
  • provides some Braille paper and Braille duplicating paper
  • maintains the Braille machines
  • has replaced  Braille machines in 2017

While this is a wonderful step forward for both Mvumi and for the pupils there is still a great shortage of suitable paper and Braille books covering the Tanzanian O level syllabus. The Trust is using its resources to create Talking Books and Braille Books. The unit puts Mvumi at the forefront of top-quality and innovative education for the visually impaired in Tanzania.

Sponsor a visually impaired student

Our student sponsorship programme includes opportunites to sponsor individuals at the ICAP Unit. Please see our Sponsor a Student page for details.

BBC report from Mvumi ICAP Unit

Gap year student volunteer helps create Braille books

Gap year student helps make Braille books at Mvumi School ICAP Unit