Academic Wellbeing of Child Victims of the 2011 Floods: A Case of Mji Mpya Mabwepande

Kiwelu, Abigail Samuel (2017) Academic Wellbeing of Child Victims of the 2011 Floods: A Case of Mji Mpya Mabwepande. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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When disasters strike, partners and professionals from both public and private entities work together in providing necessities to the victims (food, shelter and medcare). The effort is done in order to at least address their physical requirements. At this point, the event and its consequences manage to catch the eye of the media and funds are brought in from many parts of the country to assist in the situation. After material needs have been covered to a certain degree “almost everyone goes home” leaving behind the victims who are not prepared to face life “after the after” of the disaster. They may have food but not know what to do to continue having food, have building materials but not know how to sustain those houses, have schools but not know how to cater for other school related needs for children. Generally, they have been removed from their being normal to a state where they feel doomed. This study aimed at exploring the academic wellbeing of child victims of the 2011 floods. Services are supposed to go beyond provision of material, they are supposed to boost the victims’ resilience so as to address their own challenging situation head on. In situations where such services are inadequate, one should expect that the victims’ life will take another form of vulnerability, affecting the families and consequently the children as explained in the findings. The study found that little has been done with regards to provision of psychosocial services. On that account, families continue to be affected socially and economically. Children as members are impacted and this is observed by their underperformance in various aspects of their lives, most importantly, academically. The study also enlightens on several challenges that were shared by service providers directly working in the area. Challenges, which the researcher believes, if taken care of, will improve the quality of services provided to victims of disasters.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 300 Social Sciences > 360 Social services; association
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology and social work
Depositing User: Mr Habibu Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2018 07:38
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2018 07:38

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