Projects in Tanzania

Stigma and discrimination

Youth taking part in BBC Media Actions Niambie show. A woman speaks into a microphone with two people listening either side of her.

Project lead partner: BBC Media Action

In Tanzania, BBC Media Action has been tackling stigma and discrimination through a special season of its vibrant and wide-reaching youth radio show, Niambie (‘Tell me’).

In 2019, the charity employed two young media trainees with disabilities and worked with local disabled people’s organisations to produce a series of shows covering various disability issues – from social stigma to dating with a disability. The shows were sensitive, inclusive, and – thanks to the valuable input from the trainees – reflected the issues young people with disabilities face across the country. Engaging digital content on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram helped increase the reach of the show and enabled young audiences to continue discussions online.

The season reached 1.4 million listeners, and after just three months, qualitative audience research indicated that the show had helped to increase knowledge and awareness of causes of disability, helped to dispel myths and misconceptions about disability, and challenged negative attitudes. In some cases, listeners reported taking positive attitudes as a result of listening, such as changing how they talked to people with disability in their community.

The two young trainees integrated with the BBC Media Action team, helping them to become more aware and inclusive, and proved themselves so valuable that they have stayed on to ensure Niambie continues to include disability issues and challenge societal stigma.

Pre-primary and primary inclusive education

A group of nine teachers sit in a circle outside in Tanzania, having a meeting.

Project lead partner: ADD International

Our pre-primary and primary inclusive education projects are working to improve access and learning outcomes for children with disabilities by developing a practical best approach that can be implemented widely and sustainably.

Currently, we’re scoping out the programme with our wide group of partners including education ministry representatives, people with disabilities and disabled people’s organisations (DPOs).