The Minister for Education and Vocational Training, Dr Shukuru Kawambwa, told a press briefing in Dar es Salaam that the event would be followed by week-long activities up to May 10 in various municipal councils and regions in the country.
He noted that the ministry, in collaboration with Prime Minister’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government), would be organising the event for the first time, adding that the event would henceforth be commemorated every year.
“The event will involve various activities such as provision of education on the importance of every community member to participate in helping the country towards providing quality education,” said Dr Kawambwa.
He stressed that the event would be commemorated in line with the global action week on education which focuses on inclusive education for children with disabilities, which recognizes the importance of ensuring that all children have access to quality education.
In most low and middle-income countries, children with disabilities are more likely to be out of school than any other group of children, and even if they do attend school children living with disabilities are often more likely to drop out of school early.
This year’s theme for the week is “Quality education is possible for all; play your role,” which will focus on education provision via the media on the importance of every community member to participate in boosting the education sector.
Elaborating, he said best students, teachers and schools in 2013 would be awarded to motivate them, which was among the goals of the Big Results Now (BRN) initiative.
He said the awards would include children with disabilities who performed well. Dr Kawambwa said President Jakaya Kikwete would close the week-long event.