iaselogo trans1The International Association of special Education in collaboration with Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University (SEKOMU) in Tanzania will conduct the 16thBiennial Conference at SEKOMU, Magamba, from 13th to 17th July, 2019.

SEKOMU was founded by the North Eastern Diocese (NED) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. For over 128 years, the NED has been serving people degraded by and discriminated from their communities, particularly people with leprosy, mental health illnesses and disabilities. The ground-breaking approach of the NED has underpinned the philosophy of SEKOMU during its 11 years of existence. From its onset, the university’s main objective was to produce graduates who would work for and with people trapped in the lowest stratum of the social pyramid. Programmes aimed at giving downtrodden people their rightful place in society have therefore become SEKOMU’s foremost priority.

Where is SEKOMU?

SEKOMU was built in the village of Magamba which is in the middle of Western Usambara. Magamba is situated 8 km north of Lushoto town in the District of Lushoto, Tanga region. The Usambara ranges are part of the Eastern Arc Mountains. SEKOMU is thus located in the midst of a biodiversity hotspot in the north eastern part of Tanzania. Travelling from anywhere in Tanzania to SEKOMU is very easy as buses drive directly to Magamba.

How does one get to Magamba (Lushoto)?

Tanzania has two international airports. In the north, there is the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA). In Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania, there is the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA). You may decide to come to Tanzania ahead of the conference and travel to different places for different activities after which you make your private travel arrangements to Lushoto. If, however, you want to use collective transportation being arranged for conference participants, the following information will be useful:

Saturday 13th July 2019:

Wherever you arrive in Tanzania, your first night, transportation and lodging will be on your own. This will give you time to rest up and explore the sites and sounds. You should then relocate to either Arusha, Moshi or Tanga not later than July 13th, 2019.

Sunday July 14th, 2019

The following pick-up hotels are listed for your convenience:

1. In Arusha, please be at NEW SAFARI HOTEL on 14th July, 2019, at 7.00 a.m.

2. In Moshi, please be at LUTHERAN UHURU HOTEL on 14th July, 2019, at 7.00 a.m.

3. In Tanga, please be at MKONGE HOTEL on 14th July, 2019, at 7.00 a.m.

The trip from Moshi/Arusha to Magamba takes between 5 and 7 hours. The coasters, mini-buses and vans will be driven by good drivers who will ensure you arrive safely. Also, each car will have a guide who will make the travel a fun and exciting learning trip. From Tanga to Lushoto, the trip takes around 3.30 hours.