Amina Shaaban

Amina is an emerging leader in the provision of inclusive education in Tanzania. As a Deputy Program Manager at BRAC, the world’s largest NGO, Amina supervises the organization’s education projects within the country, which cover an immense scope of age ranges and issues, including early childhood development, play labs, and primary and secondary education. She oversees grant proposal writing and project design for BRAC and supervises a staff of 28 people who develop and implement strategies to promote inclusive education in local schools. Her responsibilities to the NGO also include budget planning and allocation, fundraising and reporting on progress to donors. Amina also exerts considerable influence over education projects across Tanzania as she supervises 180 youth clubs and 30 pre-primary schools in four different regions.

Prior to the ADA International Fellowship, Amina was selected for the Mandela Washington Fellowship, a prestigious initiative launched by President Obama to bolster young leadership in Africa. She was placed at the University of Delaware for the duration of her Fellowship. Before joining BRAC, she worked for Africa Amini Alama and Redington Gulf and provided volunteer support to the Legal and Human Rights Center.

Amina would like to use the ADA International Fellowship Program to learn new ways to raise awareness about disability among families and communities in Tanzania. She would also like to strengthen early identification within pre-primary school classroom settings so that children with disabilities get an equal chance in education. For her project, she plans to work with the Tanzanian government to implement early identification procedures in a targeted subset of schools that she oversees through her work with BRAC.

Amina will pursue her ADA International Fellowship training with the University of Massachusetts Boston Early Childhood Program.