Mashukura Kabwogi Habibu will spend her fellowship at the Paul V. Sherlock Center for Disabilities at Rhode Island College.
Mashukura Kabwogi Habibu has been involved in advocacy for PWD for many years. She lives with a visual implement herself and through this has unique insight into the landscape of disability in her hometown of Muleba, Tanzania and beyond. She currently works as a special education teacher at Kaigara primary school under the District Executive Director of Muleba District Council where she monitors the learning of students with disabilities. Prior to this oversight position, Mashukura worked as a school counselor and principal accountant for Tanzania League of the blind. She brings an educational background of a Bachelors degree in Education with a concentration in special needs art instruction to these positions. She has stated her professional goals to be ‘to advocate for the rights of PWD, to educate staff members on how to handle learners with different regardless of their conditions, and to educate governmental and non- governmental officials on how to design and implement inclusive employment policies.’
Mashukura’s project intends to address employment barriers for people with disabilities in the Kagera Region. This will include the reviewing of policies and legal frameworks related to employment, the increasing of consciousness within the community regarding inclusion and disability, and the collaboration of public and private sectors in implementing inclusive employment issues. Assistive technology devices will be keys in addressing those inclusive employment barriers.