A recent article in the Tanzania Daily News fetes a good friend of mine, and esteemed colleague in the field of special education, Sally Mohamedali. Sally is the Head of Department in Special Education Needs at the Jaffery Academy in Arusha. She is also amazeballs. Her knowledge of and enthusiasm for teaching children with learning difficulties is simply incredible, outmatched only by her stamina for getting things done in the tangled web of Tanzanian bureaucratic red tape. I have known Sally since 2009 and it is immensely gratifying to see her awarded International Teacher of the Year. Check out the props below.
Tanzanians have immense potential to reach
the stars, as shown by Mrs. Swaleha Mohamedali Chandoo, who has won the
International Teacher of The Year award from the Division of
International Special Education (DISES) under the Council for
Exceptional Children (CEC) of Illinois, USA.
Mrs. Mohamedali who works at the Jaffery Academy in Arusha at Njiro
pioneered a Special Education Unit at the school in the year 2006 that
facilitates both inclusive and exclusive education for cognitively
challenged children. The award ceremony was held in San Antonio, Texas last month where Mrs. Mohamedali was honored by the DISES and CEC.
She is also renowned for introducing oral examinations for the
dyslexic students sitting for the Class 4 National Examinations in
Arusha. Being a member of the International Association of Special
Education (IASE), an esteemed organization that works globally
to unite people in the field of special needs, she has recently been
appointed the National Chair of Tanzania.
These are but a few of her achievements that have brought her this
honorable award. "I have long realized that while educating,
practicality is as important and essential as ethical values. The desire
for 'giving' has always driven me to find diverse ways to improve
and progress the Special Education Unit curriculum in my country,
"Personally, the past 18 months have been some of the toughest times
at the Jaffery Academy's SEN department, but while doing all this very
exhaustive work, I learned the real, true meaning of 'giving.' It was
painful, and at times I wanted to give it all up but I found hope in the
thought of building a better future for my cognitively challenged
students," she said.
"I believe that teachers like us, who dedicate our lives to inspire
children, will realize there will always be rocks on the road ahead of
us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on
how we use them."