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Everton FC see UK aid in action in Tanzania

13 July 2017

Woman showing group of footballers child in class room setting

Members of top English Premier League team, Everton Football Club visited Uhuru Mchanganyiko School in Dar es Salaam, where they learnt how UK aid is ensuring deafblind students receive the same level of education as their classmates.

Everton players Leighton Baines, Idrissa Gueye and Ademola Lookman, saw for themselves how teacher training and specialist equipment - including braille machines and hearing aids - provided by UK aid and delivered by British charity Sense International, is being used to help increase the learning opportunities available to deafblind students, ensuring no one gets left behind in class.

Footballer, Leighton Baines, said:

“All of us at Everton think school is important and it’s fantastic to see UK aid helping these kids here in Tanzania to get a decent education.

Every child should have the opportunity to learn and to hope for a better future,and whether it’s football or goalball, sport is a great way to learn the vital life skill of working together as a team.”

Laughing man in Everton tshirt with boy at school desk

Between 2013-2020, DFID is investing £150 million in education in Tanzania, with a specific focus on improving the quality of education for girls and children with disabilities. As a direct result of these efforts, between 2013 and 2020, more than half a million Tanzanian children are expected to receive an education.

Thomas Allan, acting Head of DFID Tanzania:

“It was great to see the children of Uhuru school teach Baines, Gueye and Lookman how to use their equipment. Their ability to thrive at school once provided with the right opportunities, shows the real value of the UK and Tanzanian Governments working together to help provide all children with the education they deserve.”

Country Director of Sense International, Geoffrey Atieli, said:

“Children with deafblindness are amongst the most marginalised, with very few receiving any education, let alone attending school. This ground breaking project is transforming children’s lives, by moving them from isolation into an environment where they can develop, and for the first time learn alongside their peers.”

The Everton players are in Tanzania taking on the winners of the Sport Pesa Cup, a tournament that saw four teams from Kenya play four from Tanzania for the right to take on the Mighty Blues. The Big Match between Everton and the winners, Kenyan team Gor Mahia, is taking place at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam this Thursday 13 July.

Smiling man in Everton football tshirt shaking children's hands

About Sense International:

Sense International is a global charity supporting people with deafblindness in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Kenya, Tanzania, Peru, Romania and Uganda. We are one of the world’s leading international organisations working for people with deafblindness and their families.

About Deafblindness:

Deafblindness is a combination of both sight and hearing difficulties. Some of these people are completely deaf and blind, but others have some remaining use of one or both senses.

UK Aid from the British peopleAbout UK Aid Match:

The UK Aid Match scheme was set up by the Department for International Development (DFID) to boost public support for charities helping to transform lives in developing countries. It doubles public donations to appeals run by British international development charities, in recognition of the public's generosity and the wide range of causes they support.

First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Thursday 10 December 2015