Over 400 children with disability from six schools in Dar es Salaam and Coast regions made a huge congregation at the Uhuru Mchanmganyiko School on Monday to compete in various sports categories.
The children came all the way from from Buguruni Primary School for the deaf, Yombo Vocational Training, Jangwani and Pugu Secondary Schools, Salvation Army and hosts Uhuru Mchanganyiko Primary School.
Students from the above mentioned schools formed combined teams and played football, netball and other indoor games to showcase their rich talents and skills.
Prize fund package to the tune of six million was presented to the various winners at the end of the competitions as treated mosquito nets, footwear, clothes and clutches were distributed.
Pugu Secondary School headmaster Rukongwe Mwero presided the prize presentation ceremony was overwhelmed by the way the children with disability competed at the event.
The event was staged by Sri Sathya Sai Society of Tanzania as part of entertainment as well as sporting promotion for the disabled students.
Mwero made a call to the Tanzania Paralympics Committee (TPC) embark on talent searching for players at all learning centers in the country so that they can form a formidable line-up for the national team.
TPC secretary general Iddi Kibwana missed the function but was recently reported that his association needs to have many new athletes to compete at local and international tournaments.
However, he bemoaned lack funds to facilitate talent scouting at all schools and other learning institutions. He asked companies, organisations and individuals for help to realise the all important goal.
Mwero said the country has many physically challenged players whom are capable of featuring in the national Paralympics team only that the TPC has failed to cast its net wide to tap the abundant resource.
The Headmaster said his school alone has 62 students with disabilities but have formed only one football team.
Mwero said this has denied other students the opportunity and right to play as the team can not accommodate all players. The school needs to have other indoor games to keep busy those missing chances in the football team.
He urged corporate firms and individuals to provide cooperation in the supply of sports equipment and gears to help the disabled community which is sometimes overlooked.
“We have many players at our school and others have good players only that the responsible body is not casting its net wide and search players in all schools throughout the country”, he said.
The Chairman of Sri Sathya Sai Nathumal Sajnani said his society is very committed to improve life standard of disabled people.
He has been pleased to see students gather and play games together with profound happiness.
Sajnani said his society will continue helping the disabled ones in the country as they believe in a philosophy of Love All and serve all people and hands that serves are holier than the lips that pray.
He also noted that parents and guardians are very crucial in orienting children with disability to engage in sports activities.