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Tanzania launches Orbit Reader for students with vision disabilities

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The Tanzanian government has said that orbit visual aids for students with vision disabilities will bring positive change in the education sector. 

The Tanzania Institute of Education (TET) Director-General Dr. Aneth Komba remarks during the opening of a five-day training for teachers on how they can use the teaching aids to students with vision disabilities, reported Tanzania Daily News.

“I would like to emphasize the importance of orbit technology to students with vision disabilities as we know the world is currently at a high level of globalisation, and students with vision disabilities should not be left behind, as highlighted in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030,” said Dr. Komba.

The training organized by the Tanzania Federation of Disabled People’s Organizations in collaboration with Kilimanjaro Blind Trust Africa (KBTA) brought together 14 teachers from various primary schools.

The Tanzania Federation of Disabled People’s Organizations (Shivyawata) Vice Chairman, Mr Tungi Mwanjala said that the training under KBTA benefited 12 teachers from different schools, including Buigiri, Mwereni, Mazinyungu, Mvumi, Lugoba, Mpwapwa, Makambako, and Moshi Secondary schools.

“A total of 72 orbit readers and 20 equipment have been distributed to the students with vision disabilities in those schools from grade three to six in primary schools and from Form I to III in secondary schools.” Dr. Komba

“We believe this technology is going to bring huge changes through the visually impaired students … I express my gratitude to KBTA for trusting us and TET to oversee this project … I call upon other stakeholders to also help these children to learn in a friendly environment,” he added.

“The project implemented in East Africa and Malawi aims to ensure that students with vision disabilities acquire knowledge through digital technology.” said Mr Maxwel Ajuoga, Project Coordinator.

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