For many deaf youths in Tanzania, there is limited chance of finding a job after leaving school. There is little understanding of deafness in the communities, a lack of job training and limited internship opportunities to develop their skills.
Our Deaf Education and Development Programme works to curb these challenges. We work with local businesses to create internship opportunities for the final year students at our vocational training centres. This year, 16 students were able to develop their trade skills in Moshi Town. Among these, was Fluri.
“Hi! My name is Fluri. I am 25 years old and have graduated from the Ghona Vocational Training Centre for the Deaf. At the centre, we were not able to have as many practical trade workshops as we would have liked to due to lack of materials such as wood. So most of our classes were theory based. Many of classmates were therefore unconfident in their abilities and scared of doing a bad job. We were all very worried about finding work after graduation.
I had the opportunity to intern at Longuo Construction Ltd with two of my classmates for over three weeks. We learnt so much! How to make beds, cupboards, chairs, bookshelves, windows, tables, stools – all using sand paper and electric machines! This has really helped to expand my knowledge of carpentry, and I’ve gained new skills and the confidence to work with hearing people.
After graduating, myself and my friend Reagan (who I interned with) approached the managers at Longuo and asked if there were any vacancies. The Childreach Tanzania team helped us to do this. We started out as volunteers, developing our skills even further, and now I work there!
My advice to all deaf youth in Moshi is to study hard and find as many places as you can to volunteer and intern. When I’m older, I want to establish a business with other deaf youths to offer the same opportunities I had thanks to Childreach Tanzania.”
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