Libraries for All 

    

Finnish Library Association (FLA) is working in cooperation with Tanzanian public libraries and disabled people's organizations in order to develop inclusive and accessible library services in Tanzania. The project is called "Libraries for All" and it has a four-year funding from the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Two of the biggest Tanzanian cities, Dar es Salaam and Dodoma, are covered by the project. The project aims to bring accessible information available at the public libraries in these locations.

Three result areas have been identified as the immediate outcomes that the project aims to achieve during its four-year duration. They are:

  • improved library services for disabled users: This means, that the two project libraries have the competence, equipment, and a variety of material needed to serve visually impaired users.
  • active usage of libraries by the disabled persons
  • increased advocacy and awareness-raising skills of the partner organizations

The long-term development objective of the project is to provide access to information and literature for persons with disabilities in Tanzania and by doing so, reduce disability-related inequality in the country.

At the moment, library services available for visually impaired children and adults are very limited in Tanzania. The photo is taken in 2017 from the school library of Uhuru Mchanganyiko Primary School for children with disabilities, in Dar es Salaam.