INCLUSIVE education stakeholders have challenged cultural norms and traditions that deny right to education for people with disabilities among other basic rights.
They said some people with disabilities were yet to be given their basic rights as required and called for the government and other stakeholders to change the situation.
They mentioned other basic rights that are not offered but required by people with disabilities as medical treatment, friendly infrastructures, social issues, leadership posts and access to contribute their ideas during public meetings.
Speaking during education training organised by Free Pentecostal Church Tanzania (FPCT) for community based organisations and civil society organisations that advocate for children with disabilities rights, Mr Richard Mwaga from Afnet said there are some cultural norms and traditions that need to be changed.
He said civil society organisations and government should team up to conduct awareness training, especially in areas where the trend is rampant to bring about the desired changes for the better.
On his part, Erick Mapunda who represented Tanzania Cheshira Foundation said children with disabilities should be engaged in various education programmes so that they could confidently contribute to both political and socio-economic development.
Advocate Fredrick Mkatambo said inclusive education is of paramount importance to every person, and that people with disabilities deserve to get quality education for their better future.
“Schools must have friendly and conducive environment for reading and well-designed infrastructures to accommodate their needs so that they can study comfortably in friendly premises where they can study and perform well” said Advocate Mkatambo