Swahela Mohamedali is the Head of Department and founder of the Special Education Needs Unit at the Jaffery Academy, Arusha, Tanzania. The four story building (of which the first 2 floors are done) caters to both inclusive and exclusive programs, equipped with a physiotherapy and occupational therapy room, and a Pre-vocational skills program. Sally trains teachers and volunteers to work in the unit.
Apart from the Academy, she also works part-time as a consultant for the City Council of Arusha to set up SEN units locally and in other regions in Tanzania, and she assists in Special Education Needs programs for primary schools throughout Arusha. Sally continues to also organize and assist with Special Olympics Tanzania (SOT) at a National and International level and introduced 4th Grade Oral Examinations into the National Examination Curriculum of Tanzania (NECTA) for Special children. Recently, she received the 2013 Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Division of International Special Education Services (DISES), International Teacher of the Year Award (pictured on the right). Sally has been an active IASE member since 2009.
“Inclusive education was but a dream when I first stepped into Tanzania. I never thought that such a feat would be accomplishable. But then, I realized after starting the program at the Jaffery Academy, that if I were able to do it, then so can everyone else. If we could turn one school, then we could turn the whole world for these children. This is my dream.”