Impact | KSU continues to support special education in rural Tanzania

May 16, 2016

Impact Series | FFH highlights their partners’ work

FFH has been a proud partner with Kansas State University Foundation to support the Tanzania Project since 2012.

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Focus for Health’s 2015 donation to KSUF has gone to support Dr. Marilyn Kaff’s work with special education in rural Tanzania. This donation supported Dr. Kaff and her Special Education Service Learning Team to. . .

  • Provide Special Education teacher training for special education teachers in rural Tanzania. Their special education service learning team conducted a two day early literacy workshop for 15 special education teachers in Moshe, Tanzania. Additionally thier team conducted a six day workshop for 20 special education teachers working on an MS degree in Special Needs education at Sebastian Kolowa University in Lushoto, Tanzania.
  • At the request of special education teachers in rural Tanzania, their team developed four concept books including one book that will feature the story of a child with a disability in Tanzania. This summer they took a new story based on the American folk tale, the Little Red Hen Kuku Mdogo Mwekundu. This story has been a perennial favorite with teachers and Dr. Kaff translated and had it illustrated. The farm animals and the pictures have a distinctly Tanzanian feel.
  • Provide Teacher training bags for the workshops in Moshe and Lushoto. Each kit contains a portable flannel board, two copies of Kuku Mdogo Mwekundum one with pictures only and the other with words. There are flannel board pieces for each story, upper case alphabet letters and materials to make lowercase letters and numbers for each teacher. Each student from the Special Education Service Learning Team made additional resources to assist in the teaching of early literacy skills.
  • Develop screening tools in Swahili for the assessment of learning issues and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • Allow each student who went on the trip to receive a scholarship to support their travel.

FFH is proud of the work and dedication of Dr. Kaff and her team.

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