More Africa Special School

“There is no greater disability in society, than the inability to see a person as more”

Robert M. Hensel

Special school

More Africa
More Africa is a non-governmental organization (NGO) on Zanzibar which focuses on children and young adults with physical and/or mental disabilities. The special school provides special education, physical therapy, medical help, training and daycare to children who aren’t allowed anywhere else because of their disability.
Goals
The main aim of More Africa is the special school, in order to provide every child the right to education, therapy and/or meaningful daytime activities. On Zanzibar, education, counseling or therapy for children/young adults with disabilities are not obvious. Parents often struggle with the fact that they want the best for their child, but the child cannot go anywhere and will not be accepted at regular schools. For these children, More Africa is there. We provide customized education, counseling and therapy.
Approach
The More Africa school offers these children and young adults the opportunity to develop themselves in a familiar and safe environment, as More Africa works with individual careplans and all children have their own personal goals they would like to achieve.
Parents
More Africa is a progressive organization on Zanzibar when it comes to involving parents in the development, guidance and support of their child. More Africa is convinced that it is essential to involve parents in the development of the child. In this way parents can continue the development at home, in the familiar surroundings.

School Departments

Nursery

The nursery group consists toddlers and children with major development delays. We prepare them for the primary school by teaching them basic scholar and social skills. 

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Primary

The primary group consists of children who are not allowed in Zanzibar to go to a government school due to their disabilities

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Daycare

More Africa offers daycare for children with severe mental disabilities. We offer these children education by experiential learning. This means that it is about education in which you allow children to gain as much experience as possible, so that they learn to experience and discover for themselves.

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Physical Therapy

This group consists of children with multiple disabilities. We offer these children especially physical therapy and daycare through sensory stimulation. These children often have Cerebral Palsy.

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18+ Training

More Africa offers a training programme for people with disabilities from the age of 18.
The training program prepares our employees to work within the hospitality sector. We teach our employees to work as security, gardener, bartender, chef or housekeeper. We believe that everyone has the ability to be a meaningful member of the community. In this way we create employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

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An overview of our work

The school
Currently More Africa offers care and education to 25 children and young adults between the ages of 1 and 22.
Type of (dis)abilities
The disabilities of More Africa’s children are very diverse. More Africa has quite a few children with Down syndrome. In addition, we have many children with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spasms, hemiplegia, etc. More Africa also offers care to children with severe mental disabilities, autism, ODD and behavioural problems.
Logistics and transport
All 25 children come from the Zanzibar South-East coast and are picked up by us at home every day and dropped off at the end of the school day.
Costs for parents
The care provided by More Africa is free of charge for the parents and children. We believe every child has the right to education, therapy and meaningful daytime activities.

Guided tours

More Africa is open 5 days a week, from tuesday to saturday. We offer guided tours through our premises. We try to make our guest aware of sustainable and community based tourism, we will tell you about our school, objectives and goals. Please make a reservation before coming, because we don’t always have the possibility to give tours. Our tour is always in combination with a standard high tea. We will charge USD20 p.p.

School holidays

21 December 2020 – 17 January 2021 (Christmas/Newyear Break) 1 May 2021 – 31 May 2021 (Rainseason/Ramadan Break)